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Business Breakfast Briefing On Apprenticeship Reforms

Updated: 11/10/2016

The Sheffield College and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce are hosting an event for employers this week about the forthcoming apprenticeship reforms and levy.

Business Breakfast Briefing On Apprenticeship Reforms

A breakfast briefing on the government's forthcoming apprenticeship reforms, and what they mean for Sheffield City Region employers, is being held at The Sheffield College this week.

The breakfast briefing, from 8am until 10am, on October 13th at the College’s City campus, on Granville Road, will explore what this means for businesses, and how they can prepare.

Andrew Hartley, Business Development Director, The Sheffield College, said: "The national apprenticeship reforms will affect all employers in Sheffield."

He added: "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."

For more information visit https://www.scci.org.uk/event/the-apprenticeship-reforms-and-the-levy-what-does-it-mean-for-your-business/

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

An 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.

However, research commissioned by the British Chambers of Commerce of businesses shows there is still a lack of clarity among businesses over the government's apprenticeship funding reforms.

A survey of more than 1,600 business leaders across the UK, in August 2016 and supported by Middlesex University, revealed that nearly two in five (39%) of business people still have no understanding, or haven't heard, of the apprenticeship levy.

The Sheffield College – which has a £321 million economic impact on the city annually - works with 850 employers to deliver apprenticeship programmes in a wide range of industry sectors for more than 2,000 apprentices.