Supporting Low Paid, Low Skilled Workers
Churchill Group has committed £40k from its apprenticeship levy fund to the London Progression Collaboration (LPC) pilot scheme from the Institute for Public Policy Research and Greater London Authority.
The initiative is designed to get low paid, low skilled workers into better quality, higher paid roles. LPC’s current focus is to encourage employers to transfer unspent apprenticeship levy monies to SMEs that would benefit from it, and ultimately support reskilling the recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic. High-quality apprenticeships can support businesses to address skills gaps and increase productivity, and the LPC recognises that the right apprenticeships benefit individuals, employers and the economy.
Under a Levy Transfer arrangement, the LPC will match Churchill to suitable smaller businesses it can then support with specific apprenticeships. It will allow Churchill to not only help support skills development where there are gaps, but also support local businesses and residents.
Melanie Taylor, HR director at the Churchill Group, says: “We are pleased to have been able to support the LPC in this way and are proud to include the initiative in our apprenticeship strategy. London currently has the lowest level of apprenticeship starts in the UK so we are excited to be able to help address the issue and start partnering with other businesses.”
Churchill is already working with the LPC to provide levy transfer to PF Electrical, a small family-owned electrical engineering business. The company has identified a talented new starter to take on an installation electrician apprenticeship, with a view to them progressing within the business.
The company, which is also working with small property maintenance business, Ignite Maintenance Services to support recruitment from local communities, was introduced to the LPC by JLL.