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.
The Government has mandated that every organisation in the UK with a PAYE of over £3billion would pay 0.5% of their salary bill into a digital pot and those funds could only be spent on the training and development of their employees as apprentices.
WHAT DO THESE CHANGES MEAN?
This move to apprenticeship standards is supposed to result in the delivery of more meaningful industry related qualifications and valuable, industry related skills.
The Government calls this new levy Employee led training provision as standards are determined by groups of 10 employers getting together to determine the content and evaluation of each new apprenticeship.
These are called Trailblazers.
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
The 20% rule is often a stumbling block for organisations, stopping them from maximising the apprenticeship opportunity because they fear that their already stretched workforces will have to work a four day week while they are on an apprenticeship. This is absolutely not the case. The government guideline of 20% is to ensure that learners have time to embed and apply their learning and can include team meetings, site visits, townhalls, watching TED talks and talking to mentors.
At Gradvert we see it as a real positive opportunity to review what people do within their role, evaluate working patterns and practices and offer clear demonstrable plans of learning which makes the 20% off the desk activities meaningful for the business and less daunting.
We work with you to create a programme that fits your business’ aims and objectives. We can work with you through multiple streams of delivery and project work to not only collect the required evidence but to add value to a project or piece of work your business needs.