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What is the Apprenticeship Levy?


The apprenticeship levy is a government scheme that requires businesses with a pay bill of over £3 million to pay 0.5% of their total pay bill into a fund that will be used to support apprenticeships. The levy came into effect in April 2017 and is designed to help businesses invest in training and development for their employees. Although the levy may seem like an additional cost, there are many benefits that businesses can reap from it.

Firstly, the levy will provide businesses with access to funding for apprenticeship training programmes. This funding can be used to cover the costs of training new employees as well as existing staff who want to undertake an apprenticeship. In addition, businesses will be able to claim back up to 95% of the costs associated with training apprentices, which makes the scheme a cost-effective way of developing your workforce.

How the levy can benefit apprentices and businesses

The levy is expected to raise £3 billion per year, of which the government plans to invest £2.5 billion in apprenticeship training. This investment is hoped to create 3 million new apprenticeships in England over the next few years.

Although there has been some criticism of the levy – primarily from businesses who will have to pay it – the vast majority of people agree that it is a step in the right direction. There are many benefits of apprenticeships, and the levy should help to make them more accessible to everyone.

Apprenticeships offer young people the opportunity to learn a trade and gain practical skills, while earning a wage. They can also lead to a permanent job and increased earnings potential.

The benefits of apprenticeships: Why businesses should invest in apprenticeships

There are many benefits of apprenticeships for businesses. Apprenticeships provide businesses with a pipeline of skilled workers, and they can be a cost-effective way to train employees. In addition, apprenticeship programs can help businesses meet their diversity goals, and they can help businesses comply with government regulations.

The advantages of using the levy to invest in apprenticeship schemes

The levy is a great way to invest in apprenticeship schemes. By providing employers with funds to invest in training and development, the levy can help to improve the skills of the workforce and increase productivity. It also provides businesses with an opportunity to grow their own talent, which can lead to increased innovation and creativity.

Final Thoughts

So far, the levy has been successful in increasing the number of apprenticeship places available, and I hope that it will continue to be a valuable tool for training the next generation of workers.

For more information regarding apprenticeship schemes, visit our Apprenticeships page and fill out the form for one of our team members to get back to you.

For more information regarding the government levy, visit here

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Where will the apprentice(s) be based? *

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Apprentices working remotely means that they will be working from home for the entirety of their apprenticeship.

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Please select an apprenticeship category of interest (you can make multiple selections)*

Customer service roles such as, business admin, customer retail, sales representative etc.
Supporting and engaging with different parts of the organisation and interact with internal or external customers.
Dealing with customer queries, purchases and complaints.
Providing customer service products and services for businesses and other organisations including face-to-face, telephone, digital and written contact and communications.
Helping customers buy products or services from retail organisations such as department stores, garden centres, high street chains, supermarkets and online and mail order businesses.
Construction industry roles such as, carpentry and joinery, plumbing and domestic heating etc
Using timber products to create and install building components.
Fitting and servicing domestic water, heating and drainage systems.
Installing and servicing a range of domestic and commercial equipment.
Make and repair upholstered furniture.
Hair & Beauty industry roles, such as nail technician, hair professional, beauty therapist etc.
Working as a barber or hairdresser to provide hair cutting, styling and grooming services for men and women.
Completing beauty treatments as a key part of a beauty business.
Selling beauty products and helping customers choose which ones to buy.
Completing nail services on a one-to-one basis with individual customers/clients within commercial timings.
Hospitality & Service roles such as, hospitality supervisor/mananger, chefs, bakers, etc
Working across a variety of organisations focusing on ensuring excellent customer experience.
Preparing food and carrying out basic cooking tasks in every section of a kitchen under the supervision of a senior chef.
Running a specific section of a professional kitchen, for example, sauces, pastries or fish.
Carrying out a range of general and specialist roles within hospitality businesses, including bars, cafes, conference centres, restaurants and hotels.
Web, Marketing & Data roles such as, digital marketer, marketing executive etc
Use online and social media platforms to design, build and implement campaigns and drive customer sales.
Creating content for a wide range of media, including digital, social media, broadcast and print.
Helping to shape, support and deliver marketing plans, working in conjunction with the Marketing Manager.
Develop, implement and maintain complete IT solutions such as networks, operating systems and applications.
Engineering & Mechanical industry roles such as, Electrical & mechanical engineers, vehicle repair etc
Carrying out a range of engineering operations.
Providing technical support to engineers and other construction professionals.
Removing and refitting damaged mechanical and electrical components on a car before and after body repair work has been carried out.
Carrying out a range of services and repairs to cars, car derived vans and light goods vehicles.
Team Leaders & Management roles such as, Project management, Team Supervisor, Senior Leader etc
Leading the care service and managing teams of carers to look after adults with care needs.
Managing teams and projects to meet a private, public or voluntary organisation's goals.
Managing teams and projects in line with a private, public or voluntary organisation's operational or departmental strategy.
Responsible for the marketing activities and strategy of their organisation.
If you can't find the right category for your business, please select this. There will be a following question on the next page to describe your sector and requirements.
Please describe the course you are looking for. *
How many apprentices are you interested in taking on? *

We have a person in mind who is not yet with our company but we could take them on.

Yes, we have a current member of staff who could benefit from being higher-skilled.

Please describe their relevant training experience.

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