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Register now to manage your levy funds

16/2/2017

For those organisations with an annual payroll of £3million or more, the government’s new apprenticeship levy scheme offers access to effective training – if you know how to use it.

The registration process for the new apprenticeship management system is now open.  The Apprenticeship Service, previously the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) will allow employers to manage their apprenticeship funds to make sure they are making the most of the skills investment.

We at Jigsaw Training believe this is a great opportunity to take advantage of apprenticeships as long as you have a good understanding of the process.

The priority for employers should be to register correctly, which allows you to access funds you pay into the levy link PAYE schemes, add other organisations and enable more than one person to manage the service.

Employers can also use the Apprenticeship Service to look for relevant apprenticeships and find a training provider to meet their needs.

First, each organisation will need to work out how much apprenticeship levy it will pay and declare this to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) each month.

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.

On acceptance of the agreement, employers will be able to start using the Apprenticeship Service for adding or amending information about apprentices and training, authorise payments to training providers, view payment activity and pause or stop a payment to the training provider.

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

If businesses do not bring a training provider on-board, they will need to be registered as an approved apprenticeship employer provider in order to deliver their own apprenticeship training.

By enlisting the support of an external provider, employers can continue focusing on the day to day operations of the business, safe in the knowledge their training requirements are being progressed in line with the guidelines.

As an external provider ourselves, we would advise reviewing what is already in place before suggesting initial recommendations and then working to implement a structured training programme, developed with the specific needs of the business in mind.

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

Blog: The benefits of using a training provider

3/2/2017

Employees are one of the most valuable assets a business has, so it’s crucial they are trained effectively to be able to work to the best of their ability.

Without suitable training, employees lack the skills and knowledge required to contribute to the success of a business. They’re also less likely to engage with their employers, and lose interest in their job.

With the Apprenticeship Levy taking effect as of April 6, the spotlight is on training now more than ever before, as businesses prepare for the reforms.

Those eligible will be taxed to help fund apprenticeships across the country, meaning many companies are now reviewing their own processes, or beginning to create them from scratch.

This can be an intimidating task, which is why utilising the expertise and experience of an established training provider is the best way to ensure staff are up-to-speed with the latest industry developments.

If businesses don’t bring a training provider on-board, they will need to be registered as an approved apprenticeship employer provider in order to deliver their own apprenticeship training.

By enlisting the support of an external provider, employers can continue focusing on the day to day operations of the business, safe in the knowledge their training requirements are taken care of.

The first step for a provider is to review what’s already in place, before suggesting initial recommendations and then working to implement a structured training programme, developed with the needs of the business in mind.

An external training provider will look at existing programmes objectively, delivering honest feedback and a fresh approach. It can also help uncover existing talent which may have gone unnoticed if training and development hasn’t been a priority.

It’s important to work with a provider who has the expertise within relevant sectors, as well as experience of the latest methods and techniques proven to motivate learners and get results.

The relationship doesn’t end after that, with ongoing support provided to ensure new standards and requirements are met.

With the Apprenticeship Levy set to increase opportunities for more people, it’s important businesses understand what they need to do prepare.

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

Training partnership leads to award win

1/2/2017

The work conducted by Jigsaw Training went the extra mile – and helped facilities management company Mitie scoop a top award.

Jigsaw Training is the company’s apprenticeship training partner and joined the Mitie team at the recent National Apprenticeship Awards where they were announced as ‘Macro Employer of the Year’.

Jigsaw has worked closely as Mitie’s training partner for 10 years, across all aspects of its apprenticeship programme.

James Blackhurst, managing director of Jigsaw Training, said: “We have delivered and supported the Mitie apprenticeship programme over a long period and we’re thrilled to see the company recognised for its commitment to apprenticeships.

“This is a partnership we’re proud to be involved in, and we’re thrilled to have played our part in helping them win this accolade.”

The National Apprenticeship Awards, now in their 13th year, are run by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognise excellence in two areas: businesses that grow their own talent with apprentices and apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces.

A spokesman for Mitie said: “Mitie’s success wouldn’t have been possible without the help from our training partner Jigsaw. Working with Jigsaw since 2007, they’ve assisted us with everything to do with our apprentices, from signing them up in the first place and tutoring them, to dealing with their issues and fronting Ofsted inspections.”

 

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