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The Apprenticeship Levy
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WHAT IS THE APPRENTICESHIP LEVY?
The Apprenticeship Levy was introduced by the Government in April 2017 to encourage a significant increase in the number and quality of apprenticeships. The Levy is effectively a tax of 0.5% on the pay bill of all employers with a pay bill of over £3m. The government then top up your payment by 10%. The funds you pay are accessed through a Digital Apprenticeship Service account (DAS) and you have the choice to spend your Levy with any provider on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers. If you choose to spend more than is in your pot the government will cover 90% of the additional cost of any apprenticeship training, making this a very attractive option for developing your workforce.
WHAT SUBJECTS ARE AVAILABLE?
A huge range of Apprenticeships have been created under the new ‘Trailblazer’ Apprenticeship Standards.
These have been created by working with individuals from specific industries to ensure that the standards created are appropriate for the workplace. One area of particular interest to many HR and L&D professionals will be the new Leadership and Management Apprenticeships.
LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT APPRENTICESHIPS
As an ILM Approved Centre, Lighthouse is offering two Diplomas:
Level 3 Diploma
Level 5 Diploma
For Leaders and Managers
These map perfectly to the relevant trailblazer apprenticeship standards which means you can use the funds in your Digital Account to develop your Leaders and Managers
SO… IS THERE A CATCH?
These funds can only be accessed if the individuals being trained are completing an apprenticeship, so you can’t fund just any training with your Levy pot. As you would expect the criteria defining the apprenticeship are quite specific – Lighthouse will guide you through these and make sure everyone is aware of which will be required.
As experts in Leadership and Management, Lighthouse will continue to focus on delivering high quality, meaningful training, whilst adding on the additional elements required as per the Apprenticeship rules.
There are guidelines for Employers – the main one being that you must be prepared to allow the apprentice sufficient time and opportunity to complete the work required. A minimum of 20% of the learning must be ‘off the job’ and this will need to be evidenced.
BROADLY SPEAKING APPRENTICES WILL NEED TO…
- Commit to completing the qualification (as far as is reasonable)
- Be prepared to compile a portfolio of evidence as to their competence in each area
- Complete guided and self-learning outside the classroom as required to demonstrate their competence. Much of this can be doing ‘the day job’ but will still need to be evidenced and linked to relevant criteria. We will provide support around this.
- Be available to meet regularly with an assessor to review their portfolio – as we will be using e-portfolios we may be able to complete much of this remotely.
- Complete an ‘End-Point Assessment’ – This includes a professional discussion, an online knowledge test, a competency based interview and a review of a portfolio of work. This must be carried out by an independent body, in our case the Institute of Leadership and Management.
Lighthouse can help you to decide whether an Apprenticeship is the right vehicle for developing your Leaders and Managers. If you decide that it is, we can work with you to tailor the apprenticeship standards to address your specific business needs, providing you with a fully bespoke programme. This is likely to include things like training workshops, tutorial support, psychometric/360 tools, work-based projects, action learning sets and coaching.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
The Funding Band Maximum is set according to the level of the Apprenticeship. For the Level 3 qualification it is £5,000 per apprentice, for the Level 5 Apprenticeship this rises to £9,000. The cost is spread over the entire length of the apprenticeship so you don’t need to have the full amount in your pot before you start. This covers all costs specifically relating to the apprenticeship training. These costs have been agreed to represent the cost of delivering against the standards. This said, the more apprentices you put on a programme, the more cost effective it will be for you.
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