What is the Apprenticeship Levy?
From April 2017, the landscape of the training industry changed with the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, the single biggest reform within the sector in recent years.
Essentially, the government has implemented a reform within the training sector to improve the quality of work based training as well as increasing the number of apprenticeships in England to 3 million by 2020. To support their agenda, they introduced the “Apprenticeship Levy”, which actively encourages employers towards supporting the delivery of apprenticeships both financially as well as physically becoming more involved in the delivery provider and decision-making processes.
What do these changes mean?
These changes now mean the focus is moving towards the delivery of apprenticeship standards as opposed to frameworks. This move to apprenticeship standards will result in the delivery of more meaningful industry related qualifications and valuable, industry related skills.
Employers in the new world of apprenticeships are no longer all considered the same. It is the size of your businesses and its annual PAYE contribution that determines what commitment the government expect from you.
Essentially employers are now categorised as ‘Levy’ or ‘Non-levy’ payers.
Why Gradvert- What makes us different?
Irrespective of being a levy or non-levy payer or a commercial client, as a training provider, we take great pride in delivering the same quality of driven training to improve your business performance. With a successful track record of delivering meaningful result driven programmes with our employers, we are excited at the prospect of being able to broaden our product offer and deliver the new apprenticeships standards, which are funded for employers who want to develop their teams and take their business to the next level.
We offer bespoke solutions for organisations embarking on the training and development of their teams, which are tailored to both individual and organisational needs and can be fully funded by the apprenticeship levy.
We apply our unique 360° approach when appraising each organisation’s ‘people strategy’. Our delivery programmes are developed with employers and learner’s needs being the absolute top priority and we drive impact and results by aligning commercial goals with training requirements.
Gradvert’s apprenticeships will embrace flexible modes of assessment such as assignments, presentations, 360° reviews, coaching and self-assessment and include the use of webinars and virtual training rooms.
We support you to make best use of the funds available to you and to make sure that you understand the reforms, what government funding opportunities exist for you and how to make best use of resource. In addition, we have developed a number of supporting tools which helps our partners plan and manage training costs and make sure they get the very most from their investment. We bring real value to the organisations we work with and will never provide basic off the shelf, non-industry related training materials. All our apprenticeship delivered courses are developed with the same attention to detail and passion for results as our commercial training programmes.
The 20% rule
As part of the new apprenticeship levy scheme, new restrictions in place mean that all apprentices must have confirmation from their employers, in writing, allowing them the opportunity to engage in meaningful study during work hours and that their employer allows them to spend 20% of their time in post, working on qualification related activities.