Bringing the apprenticeships programme to fruition has resembled the classic Laurel and Hardy feature The Music Box. The question is, not whether the piano will be delivered, but what occurs on the journey and, in what state it will be in when it arrives. We’re more than halfway through the timeframe that then PM David Cameron set out in August 2015 and, so far, the piano has taken some knocks.
Published: 14 March 2018
Brexit has, understandably, dominated the political agenda since the referendum and the government has now begun to focus its efforts on negotiating an acceptable exit strategy. But while all eyes have been on Europe, a concerning trend has been emerging much closer to home.
Published: 8 March 2018
The first official apprenticeships statistics since the launch of the Apprenticeship Levy, released back in October 2017, made for dismal reading. According to figures from DfE, total apprenticeship starts for May, June and July 2017 fell by 61 percent compared to the same period in the previous year.
Published: 15 January 2018
Last month’s budget announcement was full of promise with regard to bridging the productivity and skills gap for the UK as Philip Hammond promised extra funding for artificial intelligence, skills and technology. But when it comes to helping young people find their feet in a struggling workforce, this ad-hoc government funding for impressive-sounding technology misses the mark.
Published: 21 December 2017
The Levy offers businesses with a payroll of over £3m the option of getting training back in return for the money they pay into the Levy, any unspent money will be wasted as it is returned to the treasury at the end of the funding cycle. The levy funds can be used to fund apprenticeships for all levels of employees within a business from new starters to up-skilling existing more experienced employees to achieve higher levels of skills.
Published: 20 November 2017
The findings support our own research in this area. Earlier this year a survey of senior HR leaders found that under half (47 percent) of this group had sufficient information and guidance on the Levy. This is despite the fact that over two thirds (70 percent) believe that the initiative will ultimately create a new route into the workplace to supplement or rival graduate intake.
Published: 6 October 2017
Attracting talent through a variety of different routes will be key to building capacity in the infrastructure sector and industry must do more to capture the imagination of young people, urges global infrastructure provider AECOM. Comment Richard Robinson, Chief Executive – Civil Infrastructure, Europe, Middle East, India and Africa at AECOM.
Published: 29 August 2017
That time of year is approaching again, and the UK's school leavers are thinking about their next steps. This can be a tough time for young people, making big decisions on what to do next and what options they have. Comment from Russell Butcher, Senior Manager, education, qualification and skills at Starbucks.
Published: 16 July 2017
The government has set a target of 3 million apprenticeships by 2020 and introduced an apprenticeship levy for employers with an annual wages bill of over £3million. Government guidance for pay and conditions references the support apprentices should receive in the workplace. Article by Richard Daniel Curtis, CEO of The Mentoring School.
Published: 27 June 2017
The way the Government funds apprenticeships in England is changing. It was recently announced that, from 6 April, some employers will be required to contribute to a new Apprenticeship Levy. From Tony Pitchford, Head of Sales and marketing at Intequal, a Microsoft Apprenticeship Programme Provider.
Published: 30 May 2017