Tuesday, May 31, 2016

News: Are you ready for the apprenticeship levy?

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In April 2017 the way the government funds apprenticeships in England is changing. Some employers will be required to contribute to a new apprenticeship levy, and there will be changes to the funding for apprenticeship training for all employers.

The apprenticeship levy requires all UK employers, with a pay bill over £3m each year, to make an investment in apprenticeships. Firms are then set to benefit from this investment by training apprentices.

Semta – The Science, Engineering, Manufacturing and Technologies Alliance - is hosting a free event in Rotherham next week for employers in the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector, to help navigate the changes.

Led by employers, the not-for-profit organisation is responsible for engineering skills for the future of the UK's most advanced sectors. The event at the AMP Technology Centre on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham takes place on June 8. At the event, businesses will find out what the levy is and how it will work, about eligibility to pay the levy, how businesses can maximise the benefits and the about the benefits for those businesses that aren't even eligible to pay the levy.

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The Government's vision for apprenticeships states: "Nobody understands the skills employers need better than the employers themselves. That is why we are placing them in the driving seat. They are designing apprenticeships so that they focus on exactly the skills, knowledge and behaviours that are required of the workforce of the future.

"A levy will put employers at the heart of paying for and choosing apprenticeship training, and place the funding of apprenticeships on a sustainable footing. Employers will choose between high quality education and training providers, or be able to train their apprentices themselves."

The levy will be accompanied by the Digital Apprenticeship Service - the Government's new online employer portal that intends to make it easy for any business to choose and pay for their apprenticeship training and assessment and find candidates and choose training providers.

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