Free events help business prepare for apprentice reforms

Employers from across the region attended a free information session organised by the Bradford College Group to ensure they are ready for the major reforms to apprenticeships that come into effect from April this year.

The breakfast briefing, at City Training Services’ offices on Chapel Street, Bradford, was the first of three such advice sessions being put on by the College, which is one of the leading apprenticeship providers in the country.

The way the government funds apprenticeships is changing. Some large employers will be required to contribute to the apprenticeship levy while there will also be changes to the funding for apprenticeships for all employers.

Asa Gordon, Assistant Principal for Employer Responsiveness at the college, led the session, explaining how the reforms will impact on different sized businesses and advising how employers can take full advantage of the opportunities presented by the changes.

Dan Lancaster-Holmes of Wakefield Council also delivered a presentation, offering the perspective of a large employer.

Among those attending were employment lawyers Ami Naru and Louise Colledge of law firm Irwin Mitchell.

“We know the legal side but it was useful to get a better understanding of the mechanics of the changes,” said Ami Naru.

Louise Colledge added: “The event was about knowledge gaining for us and we found it very useful.

“We feel better informed for having attended.”

Self-employed Claire Anderson, who runs Facilitating Growth, a consultancy, training and coaching service supporting organisational and personal development, also felt she benefited from the session.

She said: “I came so that I could get an understanding of the changes so I can pass that on to and brief other organisations that I work with.

“It gave me a good outline of the subject and pointed me in the right direction to find out information.”

Places are still available on another free session that is due to take place this Thursday, March 2, between 5.30pm and 7pm, at Bradford College’s David Hockney Building on Great Horton Road, Bradford.

The guest speaker at that event will be Frank Clayton from Ilkley-based engineering services firm NG Bailey.

A further breakfast event has been scheduled for Wednesday March 29, from 8.15am to 9.45am at CTS with Dan Lancaster-Holmes again the guest speaker.

The events are free but booking is advised as places are limited.

Tickets can be booked via the Bradford College website or at

To find out more, call 01274 728316 or email

Written on 1st March 2017Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Members News, News