Skills Team & Just IT Awarded New Funding Contracts

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The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) have just announced which apprenticeship providers have been awarded funding to support employers who don’t pay the new apprenticeship levy. This funding directly supports smaller businesses with taking on new apprentices, or putting existing staff onto apprenticeship programmes. After a rigorous scoring and auditing process by the ESFA, we are delighted to announce … Read More

Apprenticeships: What is 20% “off-the-job” training?

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The new Apprenticeship Levy came into effect in May of 2017, but as with most schemes of its size, there have been some teething problems. Chief among these is the confusion surrounding the requirement that learners must spend 20% of their contracted work time completing “off-the-job training”. In a recent piece on their website, the BBC incorrectly stated that off-the-job … Read More

Training Requirements and Methods

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To use apprenticeship levy funds or claim government co-funding for an apprenticeship, the Education and Skills Funding Agency make it clear that an apprentice must spend at least 20 per cent of their contracted work time on off-the-job training. This has created some debate in the marketplace – especially those who are putting existing employees onto apprenticeship funded programmes – … Read More

Choosing the Right Standards

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Apprenticeship standards are the learning framework for an apprenticeship programme. There are a large number of government approved standards based on specific job roles, though each standard has a degree of tailoring to suit the employer’s needs. The standards must be aimed at upskilling the individual, allowing them to demonstrate substantiative learning in an area where they have a lower … Read More

Mayor John Biggs Launches his Apprenticeship Commitment with Skills Team

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The Mayor for Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, launched his ‘Apprenticeship Commitment’ in partnership with Skills Team last week. In front of 150 employers at Bethnal Green’s Town Hall Hotel, the Mayor detailed his commitment to helping employers make sense of the Apprenticeship Levy, and to help them understand everything they need to do to make the Levy work for them. … Read More

Stifled Productivity

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What impact is this causing on UK businesses? In practical terms, it goes without saying that reduced worker productivity impacts profits directly, but there are several ways this affects businesses. Low productivity levels can cause a business to stagnate, ticking over where it should be in a period of growth and expansion. Due to productivity problems, businesses lose out on … Read More

The Election Result: What does this mean for Apprenticeships?

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With the impending possibility of a Minority Government between the Conservatives and Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), it is considered very unlikely that the Government will change its stance on the Apprenticeship Levy which, implemented under a Tory government, mostly impacts the apprenticeship market in England. Despite Robert Halfon, the Apprenticeships and Skills Minister, being removed from post following … Read More

Four Simple Steps to Get Your Business ‘Levy Ready’

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The new apprenticeship funding system came into effect on 1st May 2017, with new rules for any apprenticeships starting on, or after, this date. Qualifying employers, with a pay bill over £3 million per annum, have paid the Apprenticeship Levy since April 2017. This money is paid into their Apprenticeship Service account, from which it can be spent on apprenticeship … Read More