Each fashion and textile apprenticeship in England attracts its own level of funding. Companies that have a payroll in excess of £3million a year have to pay the Apprenticeship Levy. The Levy can then be spent on putting apprentice through recognised courses.
For most companies in the fashion and textile sector, the Levy will not apply and companies will only need to pay a maximum of 10% (will be 5%) of the training costs plus the cost of employing the apprentice. In many cases the cost of training the apprentice will be completely free.
UKFT is working to develop new apprenticeship standards with employer groups originally known as ‘trailblazers’, which are replacing existing apprenticeship frameworks.
Average maximum funding for Fashion & Textiles standards starting at Level 2 is between £4,000 and £5,000 and up to £15,000 for Level 5 apprenticeships. There is an additional payment for apprentices under the age of 19.
The last date for new starts for all remaining live apprenticeship frameworks will be 31 July 2020.The following existing apprenticeship frameworks will be operational until summer 2020 under the transition to standards:
CAPITB Trust works with various industry leading bodies to support the development of skills in the fashion and textile sector. CAPITB Trust accepts applications for grants from individuals and businesses of all sizes. The Board of industry experts considers every application and welcomes any application that demonstrates how the fund can be used to enhance the skill base and capability of the fashion and textile industry.
CAPITB Trust is interested in grant applications from the following:
Companies within the British Fashion and Textile Industry who need financial assistance to provide a training programme for skills.
Organisations running, or intending to run competitions that promote the development of skills needed by the British Fashion and Textile Industry.
Other Awarding Bodies related to skills development, where combined funding leads to enhanced benefits to the Industry.
Individuals to enable them to enter and/or complete a training programme that will provide them with the skills required by the Industry. An employer capable and willing to provide the required training must be identified.
Individuals already employed within the Industry, who need to acquire additional skills which will advance their career and service to the Fashion and Textile sector. A capable and willing training provider must be identified.