From the 6th April 2017, the focus on how we deliver apprenticeships in England is changing, when a new government apprenticeship levy comes into effect.
The apprenticeship levy will require all employers operating in the UK, with an annual pay bill of over £3 million to make an investment in apprenticeships.
UK employers in both the private and public sectors who pay towards the levy will be able to access funding for apprenticeships through a new digital apprenticeship service programme. Separate arrangements will be in place for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to access the levy to pay for training and assessments.
In order to access this funding, organisations must begin preparations now to ensure they don’t miss out on helpful funding. For many employers, this will mean a complete review and reassessment of their current apprenticeship strategy.
First and foremost, you must understand why you are using apprenticeships:
- What benefits can apprentices bring to our organisation?
- What investment will apprenticeships require?
- What will be the return?
- How can we optimise our investment?
- How can we ensure our investment in apprenticeships is sustainable?
With a wide range of apprenticeship reforms due to be implemented during the course of this parliament, it’s critical that your organisation has an effective apprenticeship strategy that works under the current policy and is able to respond to upcoming changes, adapting accordingly.
Skills for Justice can offer you in-depth support, information, advice and guidance to ensure you don’t miss out on this critical funding. We have a number of support services and mechanisms already in place that can ensure you understand exactly what is happening and what you must do to get it right. We’ll help you with strategy and preparation, through to accreditation and implementation.
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