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.
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.
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.
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
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
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