Helping businesses get ready for the apprenticeship levy

Today (12 January), Activate Apprenticeships held the first of its ‘Get ready for the apprenticeship levy’ breakfast seminar events – as organisations learned more about what opportunities the introduction of the apprenticeship levy will bring.

Representatives from businesses across the Thames Valley attended the much-anticipated event, where members of the Activate Apprenticeships team offered advice on how companies – who will be applicable to the levy, when it is introduced in April this year – can make the most of it and get ahead of competitors when reaching new talent.

The levy will raise an anticipated £3 billion a year through a payroll tax on larger businesses, almost doubling the level of government funding currently available to invest in apprenticeship programmes.

The event – held at Reading College – will be the first of a host of ‘Get ready for the apprenticeship levy’ events taking place across the Thames Valley in the coming months, with the next set to take place in Oxford on 16 February.

Mark Eighteen – Commercial Director of Activate Apprenticeships – said: “As an organisation, we have successfully provided training and apprenticeships for over 50 years and support over 1,000 businesses every year.

“This makes us well-placed to offer sound advice, across a variety of sectors, to businesses in understanding the levy, but – probably more importantly – how they can actually benefit from its introduction.

“For young people – apprenticeships are a great way to earn whilst they learn and to gain valuable skills and knowledge in the workplace. What this means for businesses is there is a real opportunity to invest in the future, by developing the talent needed to stay ahead.”

For more information on future ‘Get ready for the apprenticeship levy’ events, go to: www.activateapprenticeships.co.uk/be-ready-for-the-levy.

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For more information – contact Rob Panting, Group Marketing Business Partner, via: rob.panting@activatelearning.ac.uk.

New year heralds big change for leading apprenticeship provider

The leading apprenticeship provider for the Thames Valley has announced it will operate under two new brands, in what is set to be a ‘game-changing’ year for apprenticeships across the UK.

Oxford-based Activate Enterprise will – as of today (4 January) – operate as Activate Apprenticeships. Meanwhile, its leadership, management and professional development services will be now known as Activate Business School.

Its 50-year history as the region’s largest training provider – with exclusive access to Activate Learning’s colleges’ facilities and 16,000 students – remains unchanged.

However – the team and services have transformed over the last two years now providing training across the UK and – through Activate Business School – tailored leadership, management and professional development as well as a broad range of apprenticeship training.

Activate Apprenticeships and Activate Business School work with over 2,000 businesses in the UK, across a range of sectors.

The change has been triggered by the introduction of the apprenticeship levy and related government reforms to apprenticeship funding and standards.

The levy will raise £3 billion a year through a payroll tax on larger businesses and this will almost double the level of government funding currently available to invest in apprenticeship programmes.

Pablo Lloyd – chief executive of Activate Apprenticeships and Activate Business School – said: “Our move to Activate Apprenticeships and Activate Business School responds directly to feedback from our clients and emerging changes in apprenticeships.

“For young people – apprenticeships are great way to earn whilst they learn without any unwanted debt and, there has never be a better time to start an apprenticeship.

“The apprenticeship changes present a real opportunity for businesses to invest in their current and future talent. Investing in apprenticeships does in fact mean investing in skilled and talented young people, as well as investing in current employees to keep ahead of competitors.

“This year will undoubtedly be a game-changing year for apprenticeships in the UK. It’s our intention to play a major part in it by helping businesses and apprentices take full advantage of the new system.

“In January and February we will be running breakfast seminars in Oxford and Reading to help businesses get to grips with the changes.”

Heading into 2017 – Activate Apprenticeships currently offer a range of apprenticeships across multiple sectors, such as qualifications in business services, classic car restoration, health and social care, IT and digital marketing, and leadership and management.

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For more information – please contact Activate Learning Group Marketing Business Partner, Rob Panting via: rob.panting@activatelearning.ac.uk or call: 01865 551930 or 07919 352924. Alternatively – please contact Activate Learning Group Branding and Communications Manager, Jon Goode via: jonathan.goode@activatelearning.ac.uk or call: 01865 551 885 or 07799 410 440.