ALPS Meets Jeremy Hunt MP

Sue Taylor attended a meeting with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) last week and had the opportunity to voice our members’ concerns with Jeremy Hunt MP.  Time was limited to just an hour, and there were many other topical points of concern to FSB members, but the important issues were raised of Level 2 Business Administration Standards and of provider funding difficulties in Health & Social Care, which he duly noted.

As a back bencher, Mr Hunt may now have more available time to concentrate on these and other local issues and it is intended that ALPS will be represented at any future meetings to monitor progress.

Employer’s Breakfast Event

‘Everything you need to know about Apprenticeships

Friday  7th February 2020
7:45am – 10:00am

 Mercedes Benz World

 Brooklands Drive, Weybridge KT13 0SL

 Free parking is available on site

Come and enjoy the wonderful surroundings of Mercedes Benz World and enjoy a light breakfast with the opportunity to talk to Training Providers, Apprentices and Employers.

The event this year, is being run by the Apprentices themselves and is being held at the end of Apprenticeship Week!  Come and hear from the award-winning Apprentice Employer of the Year, Invotra.  You will hear from Invotra Sales and Technical Apprentices about their experiences of working in as apprentices in their sector and how the company’s Apprenticeship Scheme enhances the business.

Apprentices from Aquiva will also be sharing their experiences including Surrey’s first ever Architectural Apprentice.

In addition, important Information will also be shared from the National Apprenticeship Service on the new Digital Apprenticeship Service for SMEs.

To reserve your place for this event please email

Event organised by ALPS in partnership with FSB

SME Apprenticeships Update

SMEs to benefit from access to the apprenticeship service

With immediate effect the ESFA is expanding access to the apprenticeship service to employers who are not one of the existing 22,000 levy-payers using the service already. This will be of enormous benefit to SMEs connecting with apprenticeships across England.

Non-levy payers will now have greater ownership, visibility and involvement with apprenticeships, funding and access to a wider range of high-quality training providers. This will mean that SMEs – that form 99 per cent of the businesses in the UK – will be in greater control of the apprenticeships that they engage with.

The early transition – from now until March – will be an initial test phase, during which time we will undertake large scale testing, seeking feedback from smaller employers and training providers. During the transition in 2020 we will continue to run contracts with training providers so smaller employers have a choice around how they access apprenticeship funding, joining the apprenticeship service when they feel they are ready.

During the test phase, additional funding will be made available for up to 15,000 new starts through the service.

As we enable smaller employers to use the apprenticeship service, we are introducing the ability for them to reserve a funds for training. This will allow us to forecast, monitor and manage apprenticeships funding within the overall budget for apprenticeships. To manage a gradual transition from contracted training provision to employers arranging their own apprenticeships through the apprenticeship service, employers will initially be able to reserve funding for up to three apprenticeships.

Smaller Employer Engagement Team
Education and Skills Funding Agency