From April 2017 some of our customers will be liable to pay the new Apprenticeship Levy. This will mean in England the control of apprenticeship funding will be in the hands of the employers through the Digital Apprenticeship Service. Only businesses with a paybill of over £3 million will be effected by the levy and required to pay 0.5% of their paybill into a digital account to fund new apprenticeships.
Further details on the apprenticeship levy can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apprenticeship-levy/apprenticeship-levy
As a trusted provider of training for some of the largest businesses in the UK, we have been asked by them to be involved in and apply to support them and their learners with the delivery and coordination of apprenticeships.
Our close relationship with our customers and the professional bodies for each industry sector has led us to support the development and implementation of any new Apprenticeship Standards associated to our area of expertise. In November 2016 we completed our application through the RoATP and await confirmation of our progression.
We welcome the opportunity to work with established Lead Providers to continue to support our customers and their apprentices through the delivery of quality, relevant and robust training. Ensuring that all apprentices receive the best learning experience to allow them to develop and progress in their working life.
Frameworks to Standards
Employer led trailblazers are developing Apprenticeship Standards and old frameworks are being reviewed and updated under the Governments UK Apprenticeship Reform. The Trailblazer programme puts employers at the heart of apprenticeships to create standards and assessment plans that are rigours and importantly relevant to their industry sector and operations. Further information and details of trailblazers can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/future-of-apprenticeships-in-england-guidance-for-trailblazers
If you would like to speak to us about apprenticeships and our services, please contact Emily Bonsall 01246 386900