23 August 2019 | Prithvi Pandya
Kier Group has become the first contractor in Liverpool to transfer funds from its Apprenticeship Levy to its supply chain in Liverpool.
The funds have been transferred to Fieldway, an electrical contractor based in Liverpool, to upskill two of its current employees to management level through apprenticeships.
Peter Commins, managing director at Kier North West, said: "Having the ability to support not only the upskilling and training of our employees, but of our supply chain employees, is something I'm really proud of and I look forward to continuing to support both local apprentices in our region and the construction industry generally through the use of unspent levy."
Becky Dutton, business development manager at Sysco, said: "For the Liverpool City Region to deliver its aspiration of 20,000 new apprenticeships each year by 2020, more levy-paying employers need to consider transferring levy funds and supporting their supply chain.
"Kier has given Fieldway the opportunity to develop future leaders within its business, ensuring they have leadership with the skills and knowledge needed to continue to prosper."
This news follows on from Kier's skills initiative in Liverpool. Last September, senior members of the Kier team, including Commins, met at Liverpool Town Hall to discuss skills issues with Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram. At the event, Kier discussed the success of its skills initiative in Liverpool, and revealed that in the last three years it had taken on 85 new apprentices, organised work experience for 234 young people, employed 16 graduates and created 124 jobs for the local community.