The Digital Apprenticeship Service officially goes live this month. But what is it and why do local businesses need to know about this new service?
Debbie Scotton, Business Development Manager at South Leicestershire College discusses:
“The Digital Apprenticeship Service will allow employers who will be paying into the levy to set up their account from this month. The DfE (Department for Education) confirmed that the account will be cleared for use in February with some employers being invited to register over the next few weeks.
“Via this account employers will be able to choose their Apprenticeship programme and pay for the training and assessment of their Apprentices.
“Employers will also be able to select their chosen training provider via the Register of Approved Training Providers (RoATP). They will also need to select a separate assessment centre for end point assessment.
“The launch of the new service will initially only impact levy payers – employers whose annual pay bill is over £3million. It is predicted that all employers including those who won’t be paying into the levy (whose pay bill is under £3 million) will eventually pay for training via a Digital Apprenticeship Service Account by 2020.”
“In the meantime, the upcoming Apprenticeship reforms will have a huge effect on the way Apprenticeships are designed, funded and delivered. Regardless of the size of the organisation, this will mean huge changes surrounding the training of new and current staff members. Here at the College, we are working closely with employers to support them with the transition from frameworks to standards and the changes to funding.”
To find out more about the Apprenticeship reforms, including the levy and how to employ an Apprentice, visit email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0116 264 3545
Publication date: Wednesday 1st February 2017