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Are you a Crawley employer looking for funding for apprentices? Then read this:

West Sussex County Council is now accepting applications from employers seeking funding for apprenticeship training.

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As of April 2019, employers paying into the Apprenticeship Levy can now transfer up to 25% of their annual levy funding pot to other organisations which will pay for the training costs of apprenticeship qualifications.
 
These changes mean that West Sussex County Council can support organisations in West Sussex to boost the skills and knowledge of new and existing employees across the county. Applications close on 31 May.

Applications are welcomed from:

  • businesses and organisations based in the county serving West Sussex residents
  • the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in West Sussex serving West Sussex residents  
  • West Sussex schools that do not pay into the council’s apprenticeship levy.

Cathy McDonnell, Commissioning Manager of the Apprenticeship Team said: “We are thrilled that we can now share some of our levy funding with other organisations across the county. Apprenticeship training is a fantastic way for employers across West Sussex to train and upskill staff that they currently employ or new staff joining them.”

West Sussex County Council is keen to receive applications from the following sectors: social care, STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), construction, tourism, community, digital and SEND (special education needs and disability). Applications must align with the West Sussex Plan and Economic Growth Plan.

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2019 and you can find out more about the criteria and apply at: https://haveyoursay.westsussex.gov.uk/workforce-organisational-development/apprenticeship-levy-funding-application/ 

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£2.2m redevelopment of Crawley town centre set for completion by Autumn

The regeneration of Queensway, The Pavement and Kingsgate, is progressing on time and on budget according to the council.

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Cllr Roger Elkins and Cllr Peter Smith

The £2.2m scheme is part of the Crawley Growth Programme, funded by Crawley Borough Council, West Sussex County Council, and the Local Growth Fund through the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership.

Blakedown Landscapes, who built the Queens Square, started on site in January, installing new paving along Queensway and The Pavement, and new benches and trees throughout both areas.

Work is currently underway outside Marks and Spencer and will move up towards Kingsgate over the coming weeks. The project is on time to complete in the autumn.

Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development, Councillor Peter Smith, said:

“It is great to see the project taking shape and the completed areas look fantastic and I thank the public and businesses for their patience while the work is completed.

“Once the development is finished, I am confident that the scheme will build on the success of Queens Square where we have seen around £30m private sector investment in the surrounding properties, including bringing a number of vacant units back into use.

“I look forward to seeing the end result.”

Continuing this, Councillor Roger Elkins, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said: “I am delighted to see the Queensway, Pavement and Kingsway scheme progressing to time and on budget.

“This is yet another exciting success story from the Crawley Growth Programme – showing what collaboration and partnership working can achieve to support regeneration.

“The scheme clearly complements and builds on the success of the Queens Square project and I look forward to its completion later this year.”

Jonathan Sharrock, Chief Executive at Coast to Capital said:

“We are thrilled to see such fantastic progress with the Crawley Growth Programme and look forward to seeing the regeneration of Queensway come to fruition.”

All business in the area will remain open while the remainder of the works are carried out. For more information about the project and regular progress reports, please visit www.regeneratingcrawley.org.uk/queensway

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