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Apprenticeships for levy paying businesses

The apprenticeship system in England is going through its biggest change in decades. With new, employer-led apprenticeship standards available - and the government’s apprenticeship levy due to kick in April 2017 – there’s never been a better time to make apprenticeships part of your talent strategy.

What's different?
  • All employers with a pay bill of over £3 million will contribute to an apprenticeship levy from April 2017.
  • The new apprenticeships are based on short and concise professional standards that have been set by employers
  • The standards clearly define the knowledge, skills and behaviours apprentices need to be fully competent in their role
  • The new standards give businesses the flexibility and control to choose how best to train their apprentices, meaning employers have the option to integrate their in-house training into the apprenticeship, use programmes of their choice or do a mixture of both
  • Apprentices will prove they meet the standard through an independent end assessment, meaning outcomes across the board will be more consistent
What are the benefits?
  • Apprenticeships are an effective way to develop skilled and committed staff, 80% of companies who invest in apprentices report an increase in staff retention
  • Apprentices deliver an average of £10k per annum in productivity gains
  • 77% of employers believe apprenticeships make them more competitive

The clear progression pathways that the new apprenticeships offer will not only enable apprentices to excel in their role, but also take on new and exciting challenges and progress into future management and leadership positions. Importantly, they help staff feel valued, invested in, and ultimately more likely to stay with your business.

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