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All about apprenticeships.


Apprenticeships offer a seriously valuable way for companies to recruit, train and retain highly skilled new or existing staff. With funding support via the Apprenticeship Levy and other government initiatives, companies have never been in a better position to utilise the benefits of apprenticeships.

Here you'll find everything you need to know about apprenticeships in one handy place - from understanding the levy to finding training for your apprentices. Get going!

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Last updated: 12 Sep 2019
Last updated: 09/10/2019

Accounting Apprenticeships and Why They're Great by Kelley O'Donovan

This article was written as a partnership between findcourses.co.uk and Kelley O'Donovan from First Intuition, an accountancy training provider with centres across the country. First Intuition offers students the opportunity to study for a range of accountancy qualifications, including AAT, ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW.  Not sure whether an accounting apprenticeship is right for you?
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Last updated: 29/03/2019

How to Choose the Right Apprenticeship for You

Choosing to take up an apprenticeship is a popular and wise career move, one which you’ll find people are full of encouragement for. The hardest part of taking on an apprenticeship is sifting through the myriad of options and finding the right one for you. With various levels and types of apprenticeship on offer, and many different companies bringing it into their employment offering, it can feel ...
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Last updated: 21/03/2019

Are Sales Apprenticeships Suitable for Experienced Sales Professionals?

Training provider Mercuri answer the questions you've always wanted to ask about the Level 4 Sales Apprenticeship Standard Apprenticeships are suitable for anyone interested in improving their knowledge sets, skill sets or behaviours within their current role, or a role they want to move into. They are a great way to upskill existing staff, as well as a way to recruit new talent into the business. ...
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Last updated: 27/03/2019

Supporting Apprentices: Why Companies Should Do More

Find out what why companies need to do more to support the welfare of their apprentices. Apprenticeships are a hot topic in the UK at the moment - especially in light of the 2020 drop-off and the skills gap predicted to be caused by Brexit. However, what are companies doing to support the apprentices in their business? How are they making sure they have all the tools, and welfare benefits, th ...
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Last updated: 29/01/2019

Adult Apprenticeships | The Branding Issue with Adult Apprenticeships

Adult apprenticeships still face a branding issue, says Elizabeth Curran, Owner of Funding Solutions 4 Business. Elizabeth Curran worked on the consultations that went out to employers before the apprenticeship levy was first introduced and has a wealth of experience with apprenticeships, working both with companies seeking apprentices and with the apprentices themselves.

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Last updated: 05/12/2018

How to Spend the Apprenticeship Levy

How to invest and spend the apprenticeship levy There are three main ways you can spend your apprenticeship levy funds: In this article we also cover: The Apprenticeship levy was introduced by the UK government to fund apprenticeship starts and encourage more people to take vocational and professional development courses. It's paid by all companies with an annual UK pay bill of £3 million or more. ...
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Last updated: 31/10/2018

What do the new Apprenticeship reforms mean for companies?

On October 1st, the UK government announced a package of reforms targeting apprenticeships. In the recent budget announcement, these have been clarified. See our infographic below for the key highlights from both the October 1st announcement and the budget announcement of October 29th.  Are you an RoATP apprenticeship provider? Speak to us about getting listed on findcourses.co.uk
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Last updated: 29/05/2019

How Student Accommodation Provider Liberty Living Benefits from Apprenticeships

We have taken a number of apprentices on a permanent contract. This is great for the business as they already know our company and can easily integrate into a permanent full-time role. Patience is key with apprentices as they are learning and need to be shown what to do. Although we’ve lost a few apprentices who found it too hard to adjust, overall, we’ve had a great response to the scheme.
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Last updated: 18/09/2018

New Apprenticeship Trends Revealed

On September 17th, it was announced that there were 338,500 apprenticeship starts from May 2017 until the end of April 2018. This is significantly higher than the figure reported back in January, which claimed only 67,000 people had started their apprenticeships after the introduction of the levy in April 2017. According to the latest statistics, the apprenticeship standards accounted for ove ...
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Last updated: 18/07/2018

Apprenticeship Funding Bands Explained

Both apprenticeship standards and frameworks come with an associated funding band. The funding band shows the maximum amount that the government will contribute towards that qualification for each apprentice trained. From the 1st August 2018 the apprenticeship funding bands include 30 bands, and the upper limit of the government’s contribution is capped as shown by the table below.
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Last updated: 12/09/2019

Apprenticeships Information for Training Providers: Everything You Need To Know

The Apprenticeship Levy is used to fund apprenticeship training. It is paid by employers with an annual pay bill of more than £3 million. Employers eligible to pay the Levy can spend their Levy funds on apprenticeship training. The government will also contribute additional funding based on the apprenticeship training standard they have selected. Find out more about apprenticeship funding.
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Last updated: 05/12/2018

Apprenticeships Information for Employers: Everything You Need To Know

The Apprenticeship Levy is used to fund apprenticeship training. It is paid by employers with an annual pay bill of more than £3 million. Employers eligible to pay the Levy can spend their Levy funds on apprenticeship training. The government will also contribute additional funding based on the apprenticeship training standard they have selected. Find out more about apprenticeship funding.
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Last updated: 23/08/2018

Apprenticeships Earning Potential: New Statistics Revealed

A recent study conducted by the Social Mobility Commission found that an academic qualification (such as a typical University degree) isn’t the most important factor when it comes to your earning potential. Choosing a vocational or academic course that is closely related to your current or future field is the best way to ensure higher earnings across the course of your career, says the study.
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Last updated: 18/07/2018

Apprenticeships Levels Explained: What is an Apprenticeship equivalent to?

Apprenticeship levels work slightly differently to typical academic levels, which is why people often want to know what an apprenticeship level is equivalent to. Apprenticeship levels are ranked in terms of ‘intermediate’, ‘advanced’, ‘higher’ and ‘degree’ levels, each with a corresponding level number or numbers: Intermediate apprenticeships are the same as five GCSE passes.
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Last updated: 18/06/2018

How Much of the Levy is Being Spent on Apprenticeships?

Fast facts on the impact of the Apprenticeship Levy, including the number of levy-supported apprenticeships and how much of the levy has been spent on apprenticeship training.

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Last updated: 18/06/2018

Apprenticeships: Frameworks vs Standards

By 2020 apprenticeship frameworks will be replaced by employer-led standards to improve the quality of learning apprentices receive. Learn more about the benefits of apprenticeship standards and where to find them...

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Last updated: 18/06/2018

How SMEs can Benefit from Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships aren't just for levy-paying employers, they can be a major benefit to businesses of all sizes. Find out more about how SMEs can make the most of apprenticeships and funding...

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Last updated: 10/09/2018

Using the Apprenticeship Levy to Train Existing Staff

Many employers are looking to utilise the Apprenticeship Levy to train existing staff - but how can this be done correctly? Find the answers!

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Last updated: 18/06/2018

Autumn Budget 2017: What Does it Mean for Apprenticeships?

On Wednesday 22nd November, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond outlined the Autumn Budget. But what was said about apprenticeships? And what could it mean for levy-payers, aspiring-apprentices, and the skills-gap as a whole? 

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Last updated: 18/06/2018

Levy Leaders: How Softcat Makes Apprenticeships Work

Are you looking to learn how to make the most of the Apprenticeship Levy? We spoke to Laura Sneath, Apprentice Programme Lead at Softcat, to see how the company has successfully utilised the Levy to strengthen its apprenticeship programmes.

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