SEMLEP is keen to support Government plans to increase the number of apprenticeship starts, helping businesses transform their workforces and creating a wave of fresh opportunities for a new generation of skilled staff who want to earn while they learn.
Our ambitious plans will support our providers and employers to contribute a significant number of new apprenticeship starts across the South East Midlands, helping the Government to achieve its ambition of three million new apprentices by 2020.
This portal is designed to help SEMLEP businesses and stakeholders to prepare for the new Digital Apprenticeship Service and Apprenticeship Levy being introduced in 2017. We will continue update this new portal as details and further information is announced.
Digital Apprenticeship Service
Calculating the cost of apprenticeships from May 2017
The government’s reforms to apprenticeships is aimed to put employers in control of their own workforce development. The apprenticeship service will help employers invest in the skills and training their organisation needs to succeed.
Levy-paying employers can register on the apprenticeship service to:
It shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes for employers to set up an account, but there are some things you can do in advance to speed it up. The register to manage your apprenticeship funds page explains the process.
Employers with any questions about their account, can seek guidance at:
A step-by-step guide to the apprenticeship service for levy-paying organisations can be found here.
The apprenticeship levy
In spring 2017, the way the government funds apprenticeships in England is changing. Some employers will be required to contribute to a new apprenticeship levy, and there will be changes to the funding for apprenticeship training for all employers. The apprenticeship levy begins on 6 April 2017.
The levy requires all employers operating in the UK, with a pay bill of over £3 million each year, to invest in apprenticeships.
Employers won’t be able to pay for apprenticeships until they have started paying the levy (from May onwards).
Read more at Apprenticeship funding: how it will work.
The apprenticeship service
Through the apprenticeship service, all levy-paying employers can:
All levy-paying and non-levy paying employers can:
Registration for levy payers
The Department for Education and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) are encouraging large employers to sign up and register for the apprenticeship service, in readiness for the launch of the apprenticeship levy on 6 April 2017.
The apprenticeship service is an online digital system (similar to online banking) that has been set up to support the apprenticeship levy.
The levy will require employers, with a wage bill of over £3 million a year, to pay 0.5% of their wage bill into the apprenticeship service, to encourage them to invest into apprentices.
The online service then allows those employers to financially manage their apprenticeship programme and help them to estimate their financial spend and recruit apprentices through their training providers. It will help employers:
To register, levy-paying employers should have:
The register to manage your apprenticeship funds page provides more guidance.
To find the most suitable training provider for your business, click here
Training providers have recently completed an application process to join a new Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers, aligning with the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy. It is planned that the Register will reopen three times per year for new providers to join.
Apprenticeships offer an opportunity not just to develop people but to grow a business.
In the past Apprenticeships were related to learning a trade. Modern Apprenticeships can be used to develop and train people in almost all business types and sectors, at all levels from GCSE to masters, for all ages from 16, for both new recruits and existing employees.
Apprenticeships cover a range of occupations from Account executive to Zookeeper with apprentices working towards nationally recognised vocational qualifications and technical certificates whilst providing you with the opportunity to coach an individual to contribute to their development and the success of your business.
Recent evidence shows that Apprenticeships boost productivity to businesses by on average of £214 per week, 87% of employers were satisfied with their apprenticeship programme, with 75% reporting improved quality of their product or service through having an apprentice.
The Government have simplified the funding rules from April 2017 with larger companies with an annual £3 million pay bill contributing to apprenticeship training costs via a levy. The result of this is that there are some new incentives for small and medium employers:
To assist small and medium businesses to develop their workforce through Apprenticeships, our Velocity Growth Hub with support from ESF funding, have a new resource to guide you through the process.
The support includes:
Visit our website at www.velocitybusinesssupport.com/apprenticeship or call on 01480 409309
Other useful websites:
Contact SEMLEP who will be able to direct you to companies who have experience of employing apprentices in their own business for advice and guidance as well as for peer-to-peer support.
To find out more about the impact an apprenticeship can have there's no better person to speak to than the apprentice themselves. We have created a pool of current and graduate apprentices, who have volunteered their time to share their experience with you. We can help put you in touch to talk directly to them, helping you to discover what works best in an apprenticeship.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Please click here to view the Apprenticeships: A New World presentation from the event which took place on Thursday 1st December 2016 at the Open University.