With the rise in university and further education costs and employability statistics making headline news – apprenticeships are rapidly growing in popularity.
High-quality apprenticeships are also an important part of the government’s Plan for Britain following Britain’s exit from the European Union. The plan is to create a homegrown workforce to address the skills shortages that businesses across all industries are facing.
On 6 April 2017, the new Apprenticeship Levy came into effect, which means businesses can now attract funding to deliver apprenticeships:
- To existing employees
- From intermediate through advanced, higher, and up to degree level
- With no upper age limit
- To learners who already have a qualification at the same or higher level than the apprenticeship, providing that “.... the apprenticeship leads to substantive new skills and that the learning is materially different” to their prior qualifications.
Despite appearances, the levy is in fact the boost to training budgets that many large companies have been yearning for, and investing in an Apprenticeship Programme as quickly as possible – particularly if you are a levy-paying business – makes both financial and business sense.
However, making sense of Apprenticeships and how to offer a programme can be time consuming.
To help you on your way, this Starter Pack is designed to give you all the essential information you need to weigh up your options and take the next step on your journey to offering an Apprenticeship Programme.
This free Apprenticeship Starter Pack includes:
- A glossary of acronyms
- An essential guide to apprenticeships
- Supplementary fact sheets on:
- Regulation FAQs
- Off-the-job training rules
- Individualised Learner Records
- Apprenticeship funding rules
- Delivering apprenticeships guide
- Business case for apprenticeships
- Getting started checklist
- Further reading list