Apprenticeship News

We will be celebrating all things Apprenticeships in February with National Apprenticeship Week running from the 3rd to the 7th of February.

Hemel Hempstead Jobcentre Plus will be hosting an Apprenticeship Fair on Friday 7th February – bringing together employers and potential apprentices locally.

Updated Education and Skills Funding Agency rules, published last week  revealed that the long-awaited transition to the system has begun for non-levy payers.

The move will more than double the number of providers with direct access to funding for non-levy payers, including most universities.

A dual running system will be in place until Autumn 2020, which means employers who do not pay the apprenticeship levy will be able to access training either through a provider with an existing government contract or via the apprenticeship service.

Association of Employment and Learning Providers’ chief policy officer, Simon Ashworth, welcomed the move.

“Given the current funding challenges within the levy system, this is a sensible approach,” he said.

“The good news is that providers without a contract will finally be able to access the market which means that more SMEs, especially in niche sectors and rural areas, should be able to start offering apprenticeships again.

“The chancellor in his budget now needs to back the ESFA’s efforts to move us towards a proper demand-led system for apprenticeships.”

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