What are the Government reforms?
The Government is set to increase the number of apprenticeships delivered in England to three million by 2020. In April 2017, the way apprenticeships were funded in England changed significantly. So why not let Learning & Skills continue to support you through the process?
Employer Reforms Fact Sheet [pdf document]
The Government has developed employer focus groups. These groups have devised the new standards. These are around the specific skills, competencies, behaviours and attitudes required for jobs. These standards include an assessment plan. Apprentices are assessed at the end of the course in an end point assessment.
Government website - Apprenticeships Standards [external link]
Each standard will be linked to one of fifteen funding bands. The employer and training provider will negotiate a price before the apprenticeship starts. This will be paid in instalments to the provider. The price paid will depend on the type of employer they are.
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There will be two main types of employer:
- Levy Paying Employer
- Non-Levy Paying Employer
Levy paying employer
If an employer has a wage bill of over £3 million they will pay a levy rate of 0.5% of their paye bill. This will be collected through the PAYE system. The money will go into a digital account that will be managed by the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS). The Government will apply a 10% top up to the funds entering the account. So for every £1.00, the employer will get £1.10 in their account. The employer can then use this money to pay for the apprenticeship provision they require. If this money runs out they will revert to the “Co Investment” model. This is used for Non-Levy Paying Employers below.
Non-levy paying employer
There are also financial incentives for employing:
16-18 year olds
Government website - How the Levy Will Work [external link]
For more information please contact Learning & Skills on 01325 405601 or email l&[email protected].