The Apprentice Levy - how will it all work?
01st February 2017
Ward Hadaway, in conjunction with QA Apprenticeships, invite you to this half day workshop on 1 February 2017 where we will guide you through the practical and legal steps required to ensure your organisation is ready to meet its compliance obligations.
With just 4 months to go, have you prepared financially and administratively for the introduction of the levy?
For many, information about the levy has been met with confusion and concern as to how it will work in practice. Irrespective of which side of the 3 million pound payroll figure you fall on, the way in which you budget and plan for skills training across your workforce and the recruitment of apprentices will change as of 1 April 2017.
Ward Hadaway in conjunction with QA Apprenticeships will be hosting a half day workshop on 1 February 2017 from 9.00am – 12.30pm, to guide you through the practical and legal steps to ensure that your organisation is ready to meet its compliance obligations as well as providing you with best practice guidance on how you can boost your existing training programmes, apprentice recruitment attraction and maximise the use of the levy contribution.
By the end of the workshop you will have a better understanding of the following:
- How your business should be approaching the levy;
- Allocation of responsibilities for the levy to ensure clarity and clear ownership and who you need to speak to within your business to progress planning;
- How the levy will be calculated and applied – connected companies and how the allowance will be allocated, multiple payrolls and businesses with sites across the UK;
- Understand what will impact on how much funding you receive – levy funding across the UK, if your workforce is spread across the UK how do you currently train and what changes will you need to make, and impact with existing training levy schemes;
- Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) – gain insight into how DAS will work, understand how you will access and spend levy funding in the new system (choosing a provider / purchasing training / recruiting apprentices) and start to plan how you will approach the system in your business;
- What the levy means for your business and training funding rates and rules – you should be able to model how different funding rules will affect the business, how these will impact on your people and training planning (standards or frameworks/training of existing workforce / ATA & GTA funding / transferring funds to other firms), what impact this will have on your recruitment planning.
- How to adapt your training under the levy – developing standards, degree apprenticeships, provider routes from May 2017, training internally or externally, and the employer provider model.
Who are QA Apprenticeships?
QA Apprenticeships are one of the UK’s leading learning providers, and their specialist apprenticeship division has trained over 10,000 apprentices across a diverse mix of organisations. QA were the first IT apprenticeship business rated OFSTED Outstanding; QA have won the coveted Apprenticeship Programme of the Year award for three consecutive years at The Learning Awards 2012, 2013 and 2014; and QA are the leading apprenticeship partner for Microsoft, Oracle, HPE, Cisco and the Association of Project Management. QA’s Apprentice Levy Team will share with you invaluable insight on how they have helped organisations strategically prepare for, and put in place the necessary financial and administrative processes across both the private and public sector to ensure that employers get the most out of their levy contribution.
Rebecca Plant – QA’s Head of Apprentice Solutions.
Responsibility of working with employers to explore the opportunity the new Apprentice Levy presents to deliver talent strategy plans that are based on apprenticeship standards.
Rebecca has been working in the talent arena for many years and started on her apprentice journey in 2012. Starting out as programme manager for Capgemini’s Higher Apprentice Programme, and progressed to take over all responsibility for the Graduate and Apprentice programmes as well as leading on Capgemini’s charge in the creation of the new apprentice standards and was a member of the Digital Trailblazers Steering Group as part of the IT sectors apprenticeship reforms. Rebecca has built up extensive knowledge within apprenticeships and higher education. Campaigning tirelessly that apprenticeships and higher education can work together, Capgemini launched their two BSC degrees with Aston University in March 2014, cementing her belief that lifelong learning is possible combining vocational education and Higher Education. With over 200 Higher Apprentices on programme within Capgemini there is not much that Rebecca has not seen, encountered or experienced when bringing apprentices in the world of work and she has brought those learning’s in to the everyday working of Capgemini’s HR & L&D teams to deliver new ways of operating. She is passionate about creating the right environment for young people within business and works hard to tackle the gap between education and employment, so that people have every opportunity to realise their potential and go as far as they possibly can.
Jamie Thomas – Director, Corporate Clients
Jamie leads QA’s apprenticeship corporate client team, helping to consult large employers on their levy spend and how best to turn it into talent. He works hand-in-hand with his clients to scope a solution that clearly meets their business needs – whether that’s utilising levy to grow your business with talented new employees, or up-skilling existing staff to meet skills gaps. Jamie’s broad knowledge and expertise in apprenticeships allows him to play a huge role in helping employers bridge skills gaps and develop a future pipeline of talent. He understands how to effectively apply apprenticeships to wider business needs, to help corporate clients utilise their levy spend.
Mary Sansom – Marketing & Communications Director
Mary leads on all candidate attraction activity for QA’s apprenticeship division and in the last year she has delivered a 42% increase in apprenticeship programme applications, equating to 180,000 applicants across the UK. She has also implemented robust candidate on-boarding measures to ensure that QA only grow its candidate pool with high-quality and committed individuals. She has extensive knowledge of the apprenticeship market, and was interviewed live on Sky News to discuss the rise of professional and tech apprenticeships on GCSE results day. Previously Divisional Marketing Director at Capita, Mary has a wealth of experience running marketing and attraction campaigns for private and public sector recruitment (and wider learning) programmes, including CSL, MoD, Transport for London and the BBC.
Thomas Keighley – Regional Sales Manager for Yorkshire
Thomas leads QA’s apprenticeship sales operation in Yorkshire. In the last year he has delivered a 121% increase in apprentices on programme in the region. Thomas has worked with a wide range of employers across Yorkshire, helping his clients devise apprenticeship strategy. Some of his clients include Yorkshire Water, Nestle, Insight Direct, Leeds City Council and Financial Force. Tom is in fact a former apprentice himself, having completed a Sales Apprenticeship with BMW in 2011. He is uniquely placed to have a full understanding of the apprenticeship journey. Tom has used this knowledge to work with schools across Yorkshire, raising awareness of apprenticeships and delivering workshops on employability. He’s well known in the Yorkshire apprenticeship community for his work as an Ambassador with the Ahead Partnership initiative.
Harmajinder Hayre – Employment Partner, Ward Hadaway
Harmajinder is the head of the Leeds Employment Department, with over 20 years’ specialist experience in employment law. He regularly advises clients on strategic collective industrial relations issues. His work regularly involves planning and providing strategic advice often set in the context of a union-backed workforce on issues such as recruitment/retention, diversity, restructurings/re-organisations, equal pay, TUPE, and industrial action. He is a regular speaker on employment law issues and devises and delivers training programmes for clients and professional bodies.
£99 plus VAT. We expect demand to be high and are limiting places to 2 per organisation.
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