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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: 09 Aug 2018
Last updated: 01/10/2018

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: 09/08/2018

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: 09/08/2018

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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Last updated: 18/06/2018

Levy Leaders: How Anchor Makes Apprenticeships Work

Are you keen to learn how companies are successfully utilising the Apprenticeship Levy? We spoke with Katie Rankin, Qualifications & Apprenticeships Manager at Anchor, to find out how they have made the Levy work for their apprenticeships strategy.

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Last updated: 18/06/2018

How Sales Apprenticeships are Set to Give the Sales Profession the Credibility it Deserves

We speak to Pareto Law about the new Level 4 Business to Business Sales Apprenticeship - and how its finally giving the sales profession the credibility it deserves.

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Last updated: 18/06/2018

Video: Thinking of Taking on an Apprentice?

Not sure if apprenticeships are right for your company? Take a look at our video guide to the benefits of company apprenticeship programmes and find out where to start.

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Last updated: 18/06/2018

The Increasing Importance of Apprenticeships

The past year or so has been quite dramatic for the UK and its economy, bringing about an unknown future, particularly for our younger generations. There are a number of factors that are causing young adults to seriously consider the best path for them to take towards their career, whether that’s through university, college or an apprenticeship. 

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Last updated: 18/06/2018

The Levy and Leadership: Investing in Managers Through Apprenticeships

We speak to Square Mile Leadership to find out how leadership apprenticeships work, how they will impact the management sector, and how companies can overcome challenges brought about by the levy.

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Last updated: 18/06/2018

Apprenticeship Levy Planning, Problems and Processes

Employers are still trying to get their heads around the Apprenticeship Levy; the Government's initiative to try to increase the number of UK apprenticeships by 2020. We spoke with The Education and Skills Partnership (ESP), to find out exactly how companies are responding - and what they can do to get the most from the levy. 

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Last updated: 18/06/2018

Procurement Apprenticeships - Supply, Demand and the Impact of the Levy

Interested to learn how the Apprenticeship Levy is impacting the procurement industry? We speak to SR Supply Chain Consultants about procurement apprenticeships - and gain key insights into how companies are benefiting from the levy.

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