In Spring 2017, the way the government funded apprenticeships in England changed. Many employers are now required to contribute to an apprenticeship levy, and the changes to funding for apprenticeship training for all employers – this means it is an exciting time for learning and developing new skills if further higher education is not for you or perhaps you just want to ‘get on the job’ and learn and earn. Apprenticeships are not just limited to the ‘traditional trades’ of building, plumbing etc. As the levy affects all businesses of a certain size, apprenticeships can be in digital marketing, banking and many other office- or desk-based roles.
Apprenticeships have long been recognised as a crucial way to develop the skills valued by employers. The government is working with employers to increase the quality and quantity of apprenticeships in England even further. The reforms to apprenticeships currently underway are designed to focus on the skills, knowledge and behaviours that are required for the workforce of the future. They will give employers more control over the funding and how it is spent, and make sure that apprenticeships are as accessible as possible, to all people, from all backgrounds and within many sectors – exiting times!
Please speak to our Careers Coordinator, Phil White, firstname.lastname@example.org, to discover more. We also value and welcome our external careers advisor, Ruth Thomas, who is available in the library every Tuesday.