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Training specialist launches Apprenticeship Levy advice service



Training provider Jigsaw Training has launched a new advice service to help businesses understand and prepare for the Apprenticeship Levy.

From April 2017, businesses whose annual wage bills exceed £3m per year will pay into the new Apprenticeship Levy at a rate of 0.5 per cent.

To ensure businesses affected by the levy are ready, Jigsaw Training has launched a consultancy service, providing advice on apprenticeship programmes and the impact of the levy on the organisation.

James Blackhurst, managing director of Jigsaw Training, said: “While there’s still a number of details about the apprenticeship levy to be announced, there is enough information about the reforms available and now is the time to take action and plan.

“Businesses need to be ready for the levy coming into place next April and using our wealth of expertise in the adult learning and skills sector we can help them develop the right strategy, review what is already in place and help with the next steps.”

Following the initial consultation – being offered at no cost – next steps include development of a project plan; ensuring current learning and development programmes fit into apprenticeship frameworks; and creating a campaign to attract apprentices.

Jigsaw Training specialises in apprenticeships, providing the complete package from training needs analysis through to the design, administration, delivery, management and evaluation of all programmes.

It delivers apprenticeships in sectors including facilities management, catering, security and retail.

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