Large businesses and levy payers

Unlock the power to create change with the apprenticeship levy 

We are committed to supporting businesses in Oxfordshire to develop their own pipeline of talent. 

This includes the ambition to work with Oxfordshire-based companies to unlock and enable their Apprenticeship Levy, utilising it to help fund new apprenticeship training and assessment for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs), social enterprises and charities.   

There are around 240 businesses in Oxfordshire that pay an Apprenticeship Levy, but not all are currently utilising it either for their own training programmes or supporting smaller businesses to deliver apprenticeships through a ‘levy transfer’, which would see Oxfordshire companies utilising the available spend.   

For example, we partner with businesses like Jacobs Douwe Egberts UK & Ireland to help them make a positive impact in Oxfordshire, and we can do the same for your business. 

Case Study: JDE Banbury 

Jacob Douwe Egberts employs approximately 650 employees across three sites in Banbury, Hurley, and Dublin. Household coffee favourites Kenco, L’OR and Tassimo are produced at its coffee factory in Banbury. 

Passionate about advancing early careers, in 1983, JDE Banbury launched its apprenticeship programme. In 2022, it had retained over 50 former apprentices across the business, up to the manufacturing leadership team level.  

 A champion of apprentices, in 2022, JDE Banbury led the way as trailblazers across OxLEP Skills’ ambitious Social Contract programme, having pledged over £50,000 in unspent apprenticeship levy funds to support local organisations.  

This pledge is supporting Katherine House Hospice and Hedena Health Centre, providing apprenticeship training for key roles in the NHS and primary education.

Recognising the potential of apprenticeships and the benefits to the business and local economy, in 2023, as the business celebrates its 40th year of training apprentices, JDE will be taking on another cohort.

How we can help you

Our Apprenticeship Advisors can assist you with supporting vitals skills growth across Oxfordshire, which can be a valuable tool in your CSR portfolio.   

We’re here to guide you through the process of transferring unused levy funds to support local apprenticeship training.  

By pledging funds, your business can help to upskill the local workforce and create a more skilled community. We have partnered with a range of businesses, including Jacobs Douwe Egberts, to help them create a positive impact in Oxfordshire, and we can do the same for your organisation.

Contact us today to find out how we can support your pledge to transfer unused levy funds. 

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Unlock the Door to More

We are dedicated to supporting the government’s agenda to increase the number of apprenticeships and vocational pathways, particularly within small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs).

Discover the other apprenticeship opportunities available to SMEs and aspiring apprentices by unlocking the doors below.


Starting an apprenticeship

Learn more about the work we are doing to support apprenticeships in Oxfordshire below.