In spring 2017 the way the government funds apprenticeships in England will change. 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 aim of the levy is to encourage employers to take on apprentices and to upskill their existing employees through apprenticeships.
The government has ambitious plans to grow the apprenticeship programme, with a target of 3 million new apprenticeship starts by 2020. They are introducing new apprenticeship standards, designed by employers, covering a wide range of job roles at increasingly higher levels, and for current staff as well as new recruits.
The levy will apply to all organisations in the UK with an annual pay bill of over £3million, regardless of whether they employ apprentices or not.
We can support employers through the introduction of the levy and explain what it means for your business. We will work with you to ensure the levy can be used to support (even replace) your recruitment and training budgets.