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Employers Urged To Attend Apprenticeship Reforms Briefing

Updated: 16/09/2016

Employers are being urged to get the latest advice about the government’s apprenticeship reforms at a regional business event this month.

Employers Urged To Attend Apprenticeship Reforms Briefing

Andrew Hartley, Director of Business Development, The Sheffield College, is briefing employers on the new apprenticeship levy at a regional business event this month.

The way that the government funds apprenticeships is changing next year and the reforms will affect all employers from April 2017.

A new apprenticeship levy is being introduced for all public and private sector employers with a pay bill of more than £3 million a year.

The future funding of apprenticeships will also change for non-levy payers including small to medium sized businesses.

Employers can find out more at a briefing, and question and answer session, led by The Sheffield College at the South Yorkshire In Business Event on September 29th.

Andrew Hartley, Director of Business Development, The Sheffield College, will lift the lid on the apprenticeship reforms.

His session at 10am will cover apprenticeship opportunities, the levy’s impact on large employers, how apprenticeship funding will change for smaller employers not paying the levy, the levy timetable and how it links to regional skills priorities.

Andrew said: “The national apprenticeship reforms will affect all employers in Sheffield City Region. The College is committed to ensuring they are well prepared to benefit from the changes which will enable them to invest in new talent, boost skills, grow their workforce and develop their competitive edge.”

The South Yorkshire In Business Event runs from 8am until 3pm on September 29th at Magna Science Adventure Centre on Magna Way in Rotherham.

It is supported by the three South Yorkshire Chambers of Commerce, Barnsley and Rotherham, Doncaster and Sheffield. For more information, visit https://www.visitmagna.co.uk/events/south-yorkshire-in-business-event.

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Apprenticeship levy key facts:

  • The apprenticeship levy requires all employers in any sector, with a pay bill of more than £3 million each year, to make an investment in apprenticeships.
  • The main aim of the apprenticeship levy is to support employers in growing the number and quality of apprenticeships in their own workforce.
  • The levy will be charged at a rate of 0.5% of employers’ annual pay bill. The levy will be paid to HM Revenue and Customs through the Pay as You Earn process.
  • Employers will have a levy allowance of £15,000 per year to offset against the levy. The allowance will operate on a monthly basis of £1,250 and any unused allowance will be carried from one month to the next. 
  • Employers will be able to access funding for apprenticeships through a new digital apprenticeship service account to pay for the training and assessment of apprentices in England. The service will also help employers find training providers to help them develop and deliver your apprenticeship programme.
  • There will also be changes to the funding for apprenticeship training for all employers including those not required to pay the levy. This is currently out for consultation.

 Source:  Apprenticeship levy: how it will work. Department for Education Guidance: August 12th 2016. For more information, click here.