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Futures for Business work with your business to support growth and development through effective use of their Apprenticeship Levy and other funding.‚Äč

We make accessing funding to recruit or train your teams easy. Together we’ll make the most of your money.

Apprenticeship Funding

Businesses with an annual pay bill over £3m have been paying a 0.5% Levy to spend on apprenticeship training for their staff. You control the use of your levy to make sure your business will benefit from a motivated and inspired workforce with the practical skills you need. Your levy plus our guidance will help improve productivity through a capable and motivated workforce.


Need help with unspent funds?

After two years you will lose any unspent Apprenticeship Levy contributions and you will be unable to spend your money to benefit your business.

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Digital Apprenticeship Service

The Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) is designed to help employers access new apprenticeship standards, training providers and funding for apprenticeships through an online service account. Originally for larger employers, this service is now available for SMEs and charities who can receive a lifeline from larger employers – such as Asda and Google, to help them to afford to hire. apprentices.  

Nottinghamshire County Council Incentive

Nottinghamshire County Council is working in partnership with Futures to offer employers the opportunity to access a £1,500 incentive to recruit or train an apprentice in their business. 


  • The business should employ less than 250 employees 
  • The apprentice should be a Nottinghamshire resident 
  • The business can claim a maximum of three grants 


Need to know more about other ways to fund training?

Non-Levy payers fund their apprenticeship training through co-investment. A business pays a 5% contribution and government funding pays the rest.

Incentives – businesses receive additional incentives for employing and training 16-18 year olds or those aged between 19 and 24 and on an education, health and care (EHC) plan or has been in the care of the Local Authority.


Grant Applications for learners

These Grants are designed to help individuals overcome social barriers and to enable them to advance their skills in education. We will support applications that demonstrate a commitment and willingness to achieve. The type of grants we will support include contributions to: 

  • Educational resources 
  • Transport costs 
  • Living costs 
  • Childcare 
  • Educational events such as; organised visits, seminars which support learning outcomes etc. 
  • Recreational activities such as; organising student union events, attending a sporting activity etc.