Here is quick update on the Apprenticeships:
- Package of measures unveiled to boost apprenticeships
The government has announced a package of reforms to ensure the apprenticeship levy provides people with the skills they need to succeed.
The changes are aimed at providing flexibility for businesses so they can take full advantage of the benefits of employing apprentices whilst helping as many people as possible to find the right training to equip them for the new economy. To find out more click here.
- National Apprenticeship Week 2019 date announced
National Apprenticeship Week 2019 will run from 4 to 8 March 2019, with the annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships bringing together the whole apprenticeship community to celebrate the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy.
- Apprenticeship standards factsheet
The Institute for Apprenticeships has published an apprenticeships standards factsheet for any employer that has identified a skills shortage in their sector or who would like to create an alternative route for recruitment through the development of an occupational apprenticeship standard. To view the factsheet click here.
- New guide to achieving the benefits of apprenticeships
The new guide to Achieving the Benefits of Apprenticeships is intended to help employers measure and maximise the benefits of apprenticeships.
It includes statistics about the benefits of apprenticeships:for example 69% of employers say that employing apprentices improved staff retention and 78% say they improve productivity. It includes hints and tips, and inspiring stories from employers including Siemens, Nestlé and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. To view the guide click here.
- 15,000 employer accounts on the apprenticeship service
More than 15,000 employer accounts have now been created on the apprenticeship service since the introduction of the apprenticeship levy last year. This means that employers who pay the apprenticeship levy can now use their apprenticeship service account to:
• receive funds to spend on apprenticeships
• manage apprentices
• manage payments to training providers
• transfer apprenticeship funds to other employersIf you are an employer that pays the apprenticeship levy or are receiving a transfer of apprenticeship service funds register for your apprenticeship service account you can find out more by clicking here.