The launch date of the Apprenticeship levy is fast approaching. As the government firms out the details, with more updates due in October, what will it mean for individual businesses?
Debbie Scotton, Business Development Manager at South Leicestershire College discusses:
"In terms of those paying into the levy, (those whose annual pay bill is £3 million or more) they will now strongly influence the content of apprenticeship programmes, how apprenticeships are assessed and how much they will pay by negotiating fees with training providers. Levy payers will also be able to set up their Digital Apprenticeship Service Account from January 2017 a service designed to allow them to pay for training, find a training provider and receive 10% top up to any funds entering their account.
"In terms of those who won’t be making levy payments (whose annual pay bill is less than £3 million) they will also be able to set up a Digital Apprenticeship Service Account to search for training providers but won’t use it to pay for training and assessment until 2018. Non-levy payers may also be eligible for the small employer incentive, where costs will be waivered for those training 16-18 year olds and 19-24 year olds who are care leavers and/or have a Local Authority Health and Care plan.
Here at South Leicestershire College, we are hosting breakfast events on Tuesday 25 October (levy payers) and Thursday 27 October (non-levy payers) for employers to find out more about the implications and benefits of the upcoming reforms. We also aim to identify what we as a training provider can do to best meet the individual needs of organisations."
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Publication date: Tuesday 27th September 2016