Apprenticeships – Understanding Your Needs
Across the UK each nation is placing renewed emphasis on Apprenticeships as the foundation for workforce development. As of April 2017, all UK employers with annual pay bills of more than £3million a year must pay the levy but importantly will be able to access funding support for training apprentices. The way to access that support is different in each country. Are you equipped to take advantage of this?
In England, Public sector organisations also have apprenticeship targets as an integral part of workforce development and new entrant recruitment. How are you managing this?
Whilst the Apprenticeship Levy is paid by employers across the UK, each country is taking a different approach to how the levy will be used to support organisations with apprenticeships. We think it is very important that organisations are prepared to make the most of these changes. For many employers, this will mean they may want to reorganise their apprenticeship strategy / delivery.
How we can help you
Skills for Justice can offer you the following support, information, advice and guidance to ensure you don’t miss out on critical funding and help you achieve real, strategic benefits from your engagement with apprenticeships.
Strategy and preparation
- Understanding apprenticeships; make the most of the new opportunities available for apprenticeships within your organisation
- Apprenticeship Strategy Development (getting organisations started and working to ensure a sustainable and planned approach to utilising apprenticeships for workforce development)
Implementation and Delivery
- Capability and Capacity building – ensuring your staff and managers know how to recruit, support and mentor apprentices for a successful outcome
- Implementation support – supporting you to embed the principles and practices that deliver a high quality programme for apprentices within your workforce
- Apprenticeship Training Agency and ATA Foundation services in England - supporting the effective recruitment and management of apprentices and your engagement with high quality training providers
To find out more
From the 1st May the new funding rules for apprenticeships came into operation. View the new funding rules here. As an employer you need to be aware of the changes and here are a couple of the changes that will apply to you.
- The ATA will use levy funds or co-investment to meet the cost of apprenticeship training. (Employer co-investment para E115).
- Additional payments will be made to employers who employ a 16-18 year old or a 19-24 year old with an Education Health Care Plan (para E71-E77).
- Employers with less than 50 employers who employ a 16-18 year old, or a 19-24 year old with an Education Health Care Plan, will receive 100% of the cost of apprenticeship training (para E78-81).