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With a wide range of government apprenticeship reforms under way and the new apprenticeships levy – plus funding support available for apprenticeships – it’s more important than ever for your organisation to be prepared and have an effective plan in place.
As the government focuses renewed emphasis on apprenticeships, apprenticeship targets are likely to be a central part of your organisation’s workforce development and new entrant recruitment. Are you ready to make the most of apprenticeships?
A quick guide to the apprenticeships levy
- The government’s new apprenticeship levy came into effect on 6 April 2017.
- UK employers in both the private and public sectors with an annual pay bill of more than £3million a year will be required to pay.
- The levy will be 0.5% of your total pay bill, minus a ‘levy allowance’ of £15,000 per year.
- Different funding arrangements apply in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Now is the right time for larger employers to prepare to access this funding – and we can support you to do so.
How we can help you
We are the UK’s leading authority in justice, fire and rescue, local government and armed forces apprenticeships. Together with the National Skills Academy, we offer in-depth support, information, advice and guidance. Our aim is to ensure you make the most of apprenticeship opportunities and funding.
We’re here to help with impartial advice, sector-specific guidance and not-for-profit services developed for justice sector apprenticeships by justice sector experts.
- Share expertise
- Help you save money
- Work with you
How apprenticeships could benefit your organisation
- Solve recruitment challenges
- Retain and upskill current staff
- Offer training tailored to your business
- 95% of employers offer apprenticeships to maintain or improve future skills levels in the organisation
- 80% want to improve productivity, 78% staff morale and 71% to bring in new ideas
- 76% of employers say that productivity has improved
- Qualified apprentices are 15% more employable than recruits with other qualifications, say employers
“As a levy payer we wanted to submit an application to become an employer-provider on the register of apprenticeship training providers. We contacted Skills for Justice and they helped assess our readiness to deliver apprenticeships and our understanding of the requirements. Getting their advice and guidance has been really valuable and helped us address what we needed to do to become an employer-provider.”
Paul Compton, Lead Learning and Development Manager, The National Offender Management Service
The apprenticeships team provides advice and guidance on all aspects of employing apprentices. Whether you’re taking on an apprentice for the first time or developing strategies to maximise your return on investment, we can tailor our services to your specific needs.
We can help you to develop a sustainable strategy for apprenticeships that will ensure your workforce is prepared to meet changing client needs. We can help you explore the opportunities for apprenticeship programmes to create an effective, sustainable pipeline for skills development within your workforce and organisational plans.
Apprenticeship standards development
We can advise and guide you through the process of designing new apprenticeships standards, if you can’t find a relevant apprenticeship standard for a new role you’d like to develop.
Apprenticeship learning materials
We can support you to develop work-based training materials that will facilitate your apprentices’ job-specific learning and study, so that they develop the technical and employability skills needed to become a valuable member of the team.
Through access to the Skills for Justice expert team – you’ll receive all the benefits of an ongoing supportive relationship with an objective, trusted, experienced organisation to deliver your apprenticeships. We can help to identify which apprenticeship programmes would benefit your organisation and provide training that will develop the skills of members of staff who will be responsible for your apprenticeship scheme. We can also offer practical support to help you include apprenticeships as part of your workforce development.
Apprenticeship quality assurance
To help you meet the right quality and delivery standards, we can advise you on best practice principles, audit your compliance and help you engage with our network of quality assured providers, giving you confidence in the quality and relevance of training and assessment.
Apprenticeship programme and fund management
If you need support with managing your apprenticeships programmes, levy funding and financial administration, we can offer funding management services that remove the need to employ a member of staff with specialist skills in this area.
Apprenticeship end-point assessment
When the time comes to validate the final stages of your apprentices’ journey, talk to us about how we can support end point assessment as part of our services to you.
Apprenticeship impact assessment
Our expert team will support you to evidence what you have achieved against what you set out to achieve, based on your objectives. We can also help you to demonstrate the impact this has had on your service.
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).