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Essential Documents for Employers for Apprenticeships from 1st May 2017

The new Apprenticeship Levy commenced on 6th April for all employers whose annual pay bill is in excess of three million pounds.

From 1st May 2017 there are new rules affecting how apprenticeships are financed and delivered for all employers no matter how large or small, levy payers or not.

The following documents may be of use for any employer looking for more information on taking on an apprentice. These documents are the latest versions available at the time of posting this update – 3rd May 2017 - some are, however, being updated regularly for example the Register of Apprentice Awarding Organisations.

The funding rules and guidance documents have been updated for both levy paying and non-levy paying employers and Version 2 is now out for both. There are subtle differences between the original Version 1 and the updated Version 2.

Apprenticeships are an excellent way to bring new employees in to an organisation or to upskill existing staff. However, it is now essential to be very sure you are using your money, whether from your account as a levy payer or through co-funding as a non-levy payer (where applicable), to train the right people for genuine jobs within your organisation.

Responsibility for an apprentice, whether a new or existing employee, is with the employer and I strongly recommend that you read the following documents before employing an apprentice and take legal advice, where appropriate, before signing any agreement or contract to be absolutely sure you understand your responsibilities, the process, what you could be expected to pay for, what is not funded in an apprenticeship, how the training (if you are not an employer provider) will be delivered and how the End Point Assessment (EPA) (for apprenticeship standards) works.

Pay the Apprenticeship Levy

Manage Apprenticeships – for organisations paying the levy

Apprenticeship funding: rules and guidance for employers May 2017 to March 2018 - Version 2

Apprenticeship funding: how it will work - updated 30 March 2017

Public sector apprenticeship target – guidelines for the public sector

Apprenticeship standards: list of occupations available – updated 10th April 2017

Apprenticeship Standards

The Register of Apprenticeship Training Organisations RoAPT

SFA Apprenticeship Agreement for Employers – For the provision of levy-funded apprenticeship training

Apprenticeship Funding from May 2017

Apprenticeship Funding Bands for Standards up to 30th April and from 1st May 2017 and for Frameworks from 1st May 2017

Register of Apprentice Assessment Organisations

Employer Provider Guide – guidance for employers about being apprenticeship training providers

Many qualification Awarding Bodies also have links to information, downloadable documents, webinars and events. For example –

ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management)

City & Guilds

Chartered Management Institute

FE Week– provides lots of information, news, articles, webinars and events for the further education sector on apprenticeships.

AELP – The Association of Education and Learning Providers– may be of use to new RoATP providers and employer providers with news, events and webinars.

Sue Yates 3rd May 2017

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