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.”

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