A Worcester-based housing and care provider is expecting apprentice numbers to grow when the Government introduces its new Apprenticeship Levy next month.
Sanctuary Group has said they are committed to developing their own apprenticeship programme and bringing in fresh talent in support of the Levy.
From April 6th this year, the way the Government funds apprenticeships in England is changing.
Some employers will be required to contribute to the new Apprenticeship Levy which requires all employers operating in the UK, with a pay bill of over £3million each year, to invest in apprenticeships. The Levy applies to all sectors and both private and public organisations.
In Worcestershire, there were 5,420 apprenticeship starts last year (2015/16) with nearly 60% of those going to the county's 16-24 year olds.
Nicole Seymour, Director Corporate Services from Sanctuary Group, said: "We deliver an award-winning apprenticeship programme which has already helped support nearly 1,400 into apprenticeships across the country.
"Over recent years apprenticeships have increasingly been seen as an excellent opportunity for young people to find a route into work, and with the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy this number is expected to grow further.
"As well as providing opportunities for people to build a successful career, apprenticeships add real value to the Group and underline Sanctuary’s commitment to nurturing fresh talent and growing its programme."
Representatives from Sanctuary will be speaking at a free breakfast meeting, along with other key influential figures, which is open to businesses in Worcestershire who want to find out more about the new Apprenticeship Levy. The event is taking place on Tuesday, 28th March.
At the breakfast meeting, participants will be able to find out from The Skills Funding Agency :
- Key information about the changes to apprenticeships
- How the Levy will affect their business
- How to set up a Digital Apprenticeship Service account to manage their Levy
- What they can do to prepare for the changes to apprenticeships
- How Worcestershire Apprenticeships can support them
Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “This informative event will help to give local businesses additional information on the Apprenticeship Levy before it comes into effect on 6 April 2017.
"The Levy will be applied to all apprenticeship employing businesses earning over £3million a year and I would therefore encourage all interested employers to attend the event or contact the Worcestershire Apprenticeships Hub for more information.”
There will also be the chance to hear from other businesses and providers about the Levy and its effect. A Question and Answer session will follow the presentation.
The breakfast meeting is taking place from 8am until 10am at Sixways Stadium in Worcester.
To book a place visit business-central.co.uk/events/apprenticeship-levy-event or call 0300 6663666/01905 677 888.
Alternatively email info@worcsapprenticeships