Employers offered advice on apprenticeship reforms

Employers from across West Yorkshire are being invited to attend a free information session in Bradford on the looming government apprenticeship reforms.

The way the government funds apprenticeships is changing. Large employers with a £3m PAYE bill will be required to contribute to the apprenticeship levy, while small employers will now be required to make a minimum 10% contribution to their employees’ apprenticeship fees.

The Bradford College Group, which is one of the leading apprenticeship providers in the country, is putting on a seminar aimed at helping employers understand how the major changes that come into effect in May will impact their businesses.

The breakfast briefing takes place on Wednesday, March 29 from at City Training Services on Chapel Street, in Bradford’s Little Germany. Food and drinks will be provided.

It runs from 8.15am to 9.45am; the keynote speaker will be Dan Lancaster-Holmes, Performance and Partnerships Manager for the Leeds City Region Apprenticeship Hub.

Dawn Leak, Director of Employer Responsiveness at Bradford College, says the event is an ideal opportunity for employers to find out all about the changes and ensure they are ready to take full advantage of the reforms.

She said: “There are big changes happening in May, and it can seem quite daunting to employers but it also creates opportunities for business.

“We want to help employers through the reforms, explain how the changes will affect the businesses of both levy payers and non-levy payers, supporting them to take advantage of the opportunities apprenticeships can bring.

“The event will include a presentation on the levy and a talk from talk from one of our region’s major employers discussing how they implement apprenticeships into their organisation and how they are planning for the levy.

“There will also be an open forum of delegate questions and discussion.

“The Bradford College Group, with our apprentice provider City Training Services, is one of the leading apprenticeship providers in the country, currently supporting 1,800 apprentices through 33 different frameworks.

“We want to use our expertise to help employers through all the changes.”

The event is free, but booking is required as places are limited.

Tickets can be booked via the Bradford College website or at www.apprenticeship-reforms.eventbrite.co.uk

To find out more, call 01274 728316 or email employerservices@bradfordcollege.ac.uk

Written on 16th March 2017Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Members News, News