information for businesses
This will affect employers in all sectors. The levy will only be paid on annual pay bills in excess of £3 million, and so less than 2% of UK employers will pay it.
From April 2017, The Apprenticeship Levy will be a levy on UK employers to fund new apprenticeships. In England, control of apprenticeship funding will be put in the hands of employers through the Digital Apprenticeship Service. The levy will be charged at a rate of 0.5% of an employer’s paybill. Each employer will receive an allowance of £15,000 to offset against their levy payment.
(This information is taken from the HM Revenue& Customs section of the government’s services and information website – for more information, click here)
our brand new apprenticeship offer
Apprenticeships are changing this year with new government reforms. We will be continuing to offer our current qualifications (City & Guilds) in the short term and we will move over to the new qualifications over the next 12-18 months.
current employees and apprenticeships
For current employees transitioning to a new role as part of restructuring or promotion, we are offering; Management and Health and Social Care apprenticeships focussing on new skills and new learning for employees. There may also be opportunities for current employees with the rest of our apprenticeship portfolio (Customer Service, Business and Administration, Public Services, Management) depending on their role. This pathway may not necessarily include a qualification element and could be entirely work based.
For general information on continuing reforms to apprenticeships, follow this link – Apprenticeship Reforms
the value of apprenticeships
An apprentice can bring enthusiasm, passion and innovation to your business as well as providing real, measurable business benefits.
Having an apprentice can help you develop well-trained, motivated staff, increase productivity and demonstrate your commitment to staff development.
See our infographic to find out some of the benefits apprenticeships bring to businesses.
why choose Learn Devon?
We provide apprenticeship training through a mix of e-learning and face-to-face sessions. This approach also means we can be flexible to your needs and that wherever you are based in Devon, we can provide an apprenticeship package to suit you and your apprentice.
Please note that your apprentice will need time away from work to study.
what we will do for you
From your initial enquiry until the training is complete, our dedicated team will support you and your apprentice. We will:
- help you decide which apprenticeship is best for you
- explain the funding to you
- discuss a training plan with you for your apprentice
- manage the training process and help you to recruit your apprentice through the Apprenticeship Vacancy Online Service (AVOL).
types of apprenticeships and qualifications
We offer level 2, 3 and 4 apprenticeships in:
- Customer Service
- Business and Administration
- Health and Social Care
- Public Services – Operational Delivery Officer
- Management (Level 4)
We will be adding new types of apprenticeships over time. If these apprenticeships are not suitable for your requirements, please contact us – we would be happy to discuss the options available to you.
An apprenticeship is made up of a number of areas:
- A Diploma in some subjects where relevant and appropriate
- Functional skills in maths, English and ICT (dependent on subject area studied and previous qualifications/grades achieved).
- Employee rights and responsibilities.
how we deliver our apprenticeships
learning and development
For our Customer Service and Business and Administration Apprenticeships,we use learning and development software (‘One File’) to plan, assess, and review progress for apprentices. ‘One File’ uses interactive features to allow our assessors to be mobile and flexible and we can tailor the apprenticeship to suit your needs and the needs of your apprentice. ‘One File’ interactive features include:
- An Individual Learning Plan that records progress since last review and provides an overview of progress since the start of the apprenticeship
- An email and journal system
- A permanent record that can be accessed online from any computer/phone
- Off line and ‘sync’ later capability through the Nomad app.
assessment and goal setting
Our assessors support and evaluate the progress that apprentices are making. The NVQ element of the apprentices’ study programme is supported by our dedicated team, who offer bespoke support and a broad range of knowledge and experience within the apprenticeship field.
Apprentices have a day in their timetable which they can devote to study and assignments. This time away from the work place is important for balancing out the work place learning and study elements of our apprenticeships
work based learning
Our apprentices are an integral part of our administrative team, helping to support the delivery of learning to our local communities in Devon. Apprentices can gain valuable work based knowledge by working alongside experienced staff
requirements for employers
To employ an apprentice, you must:
- hold current employers’ and public liability insurance
- pay apprentices the current minimum national apprenticeship wage or above
- comply with health and safety legislation and provide induction training on health and safety
- ensure your apprentice has adequate competent supervision, training opportunities and time away for training.
You can help ensure the programme is a success by:
- working with us and the Assessor to help the apprentice
- committing to the programme
- providing your apprentice with learning opportunities
- being aware of assessment visits and ensuring as far as possible that you are available.