Equinor is launching a new Apprenticeship Levy transfer to support the ongoing development of the North East England offshore wind workforce, with a particular emphasis on local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and companies that are diversifying into the offshore wind industry.
The UK Apprenticeship Levy was introduced in 2017 to help businesses offer more sustainable apprenticeship programmes and training opportunities. Levy-paying companies can transfer some of their levy funds to other non-levy paying organisations, with the aim of supporting smaller businesses' training needs.
Apprenticeships facilitated by Equinor's North East Apprenticeship Levy transfer will be delivered in collaboration with the Newcastle College Group (NCG) Energy Academy and the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The diverse initial cohort of 8-10 apprentices will begin their training in September 2022, and will be upskilled through the Engineering Operative (Level 2) programme, supporting an identified area of skills shortage in the North East.