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A step in the right direction? Thoughts on the apprenticeship levy…

From April 2017, companies with an annual payroll of more than £3mil will have to pay a 0.5% levy which will fund £3bn a year worth of apprenticeships and help the Tory government to keep their post-election promise to create 3 million new apprenticeships. But is yesterday’s announcement from the Chancellor a step in the […]

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The Gender Pay Gap: Does this affect apprentices?

I’m writing about something a little different this week I guess, but it’s been in the news quite alot recently and I didn’t know much about it before. The Gender Pay Gap has been mentioned alot in the news recently with the latest developments to the story. It’s known worldwide that women are paid more […]

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Less than two per cent of UK employers to pay apprenticeship levy

Revealed in today’s spending review announcement by George Osborne, the apprenticeship levy will only affect employers with a wage bill of more than £3 million – less than two per cent of UK employers. The rate for the levy will be set at 0.5 per cent of an employer’s pay bill and will be collected […]

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Apprenticeships expansion ‘devaluing brand’ | BBC News

The push to create apprenticeships fast has devalued their brand, with low level skills such as coffee-making being accredited, Ofsted has said. Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw says some learners are not even aware they are on apprenticeship schemes. Apprenticeships, which ministers in England say are key to tackling unemployment, are sometimes covering workers’ pre-existing […]

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Apprenticeships Benefits all round….

Benefits all round A study carried out by the University of Warwick in 2008 charted the progress of apprentices placed with 60 employers. It concluded that apprentices were 20% to 30% more productive than colleagues who had not completed an apprenticeship. “If you can train people internally and give them opportunities to develop, they can […]

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