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Jigsaw Training appointed by ABM UK as levy partner

30/3/2017

Facilities management business ABM UK and its sister company OmniServ have today announced a partnership with Jigsaw Training as its total solution provider for their Apprenticeship Levy programme.

Specialist provider Jigsaw Training will work with the businesses to deliver training in areas including facilities management, leadership and management.

The three-year contract will involve between 200 and 250 apprentices, including new recruits and existing employees in new roles.

The apprentices will work towards intermediate, advanced and higher apprenticeship over a 12-24 month period.

Jigsaw Training will train the apprentices and guide them through their qualifications, they will also provide the ongoing assessment of knowledge and competence gained against the national occupational and awarding organisation standards and finally contract with an independent end point assessment organisation for the final assessment with each apprentice.

The Apprenticeship Levy will be introduced next month and employers with a UK pay bill of over £3m from both the private and public sectors will be required to pay 0.5% of that into a levy. Those employers can then access that levy through a digital account to use for the development of apprentices.

Andy Donnell, group managing director of ABM UK, said: “We see the Apprenticeship Levy as a great opportunity to develop our people, and we believe that Jigsaw Training can help us achieve this. Implementing a new scheme will of course take investment from a financial and resource perspective; but with training already such a big part of ABM UK’s company culture, the demands of the Apprenticeship Levy feel like a natural extension to what we’re already providing for our staff.

“Jigsaw Training left us in no doubt that it has the necessary experience and resources to offer our staff the very best training, and we very much look forward to working closely with them over the coming years.”

James Blackhurst, managing director of Jigsaw Training, said: “It is great to see the commitment from ABM UK to their apprentices and we’re excited to be working with them.

“The Apprenticeship Levy is just around the corner and as a large employer ABM UK is dedicated to helping their apprentices realise their potential.”

ABM UK provides facility service solutions across 1,500 locations in the UK, including shopping centres, commercial buildings and airports. OmniServ provides services, including security, portering and baggage handling, at 15 UK airports.

Jigsaw Training is a total training solutions company providing the complete package from training needs analysis through to the design, administration, delivery, management and evaluation of all programmes.

Jigsaw Training named on official apprenticeship provider register

27/3/2017

Preston-based Jigsaw Training has been named on the official register of apprenticeship training providers.

The new register, published by the Department for Education (DfE) and the Skills Finding Agency (SFA), aims to make sure everyone embarking on an apprenticeship is doing so with a registered provider.

Levy-paying employers will be able to choose their apprenticeship training delivery from this provider base for all apprentices starting their programmes from May 2017.

Jigsaw Training has been through a rigorous assessment process to make it on to the register, which shows the specialist provider meets apprenticeship quality expectations.

The register has been described as a ‘crucial milestone’ in delivering the government’s wider reforms to make apprenticeships more rigorous, better structured, independently assessed and more clearly aligned to the needs of employers.

The reforms include the introduction of the apprenticeship levy from April 6, which will require employers with a wage bill of over £3 million a year to pay 0.5% of their wage bill, to invest in apprenticeships.

James Blackhurst, managing director of Jigsaw Training, said: “Being included on the list of registered providers is great news for Jigsaw Training and our entire team. There’s a lot for employers to think about in the coming weeks so having a registered list will give them confidence that they’re dealing with a high-quality provider.”

Jigsaw Training is a specialist total training solutions company for the facilities management sector providing the complete package from training needs analysis through to the design, administration, delivery, management and evaluation of all programmes.

Blog: Easy steps to share Levy benefits

27/3/2017

 

Details of the government’s new Apprenticeship Levy scheme have been provided at various stages over recent months. Now it is time for those organisations that qualify – with an annual payroll of £3million or more – to formally register.

It is only recently that things have become clearer and the steps to take have become practical as well as theoretical.

The brand new apprenticeships management system for levy paying employers is known as the Apprenticeship Service (previously the Digital Apprenticeship Service or DAS).

First of all, make sure you create an Apprenticeship Service account. By doing this, you will be able to find training providers who can help deliver your apprenticeship programmes, pay for training and assessment in England and manage your funds.

To create an account you will need your Government Gateway login details for PAYE schemes you want to include (see payroll if you don’t have it) and the details for each PAYE reference that you will be creating an account for, including Companies House or charity number.

Once you have set up your account, you will arrive at the account home screen. There is an array of functions for different business departments to use including:

  • ‘Funding’ to find out how much you have available to spend, your transactions and funds you could lose if you leave them to timeout.
  • The ‘Apprentices’ section allows you to add apprentices, review and approve cohorts and pause or stop apprentices training.
  • ‘Find training’ allows businesses to search for new apprenticeship training or to find out about choosing an assessment organisation.
  • Manage user access to the account in the ‘Team’ function.
  • ‘To do tasks’ on the right-hand side bar provide quick links to the relevant sections of the government’s website. Note that not all of these functions or areas of the site will be in use on launch.

Once the levy for April has been declared, employers will be able to view this in their account from the end of May 2017.  They will be asked to accept an agreement with the Skills Funding Agency which sets out the terms for use of the Apprenticeship Service.

From May 1, employers will be able to use the funds to pay for apprenticeship training and assessment of new and existing employees.

For more information on how Jigsaw Training can help, contact us here.

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