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Apprenticeship Standards are training programmes which combines practical training linking to occupational professions, whilst in full time employment. The duration of an apprenticeship must be at least 12 months in term and offers the opportunity for apprentices to ‘earn while you learn’ and enable apprentices to gain a qualification within that regulated profession. In the UK this is funded via the Levy and governed by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).
Apprenticeship standards are developed in conjunction with employer organisation with the purpose of developing occupational competencies to increase organisational effectiveness and efficiencies through increasing apprentice’s knowledge, skills, and behaviours.
With an apprenticeship, learners will gain the knowledge, the skills, and crucially, the industry experience necessary for a successful career.
Apprenticeships are an opportunity to acquire skills and professional experience, but they have a much wider impact. Learners gain confidence in their talents and approach to new situations outside their comfort zone, unlocking a desire to achieve aspirations.
As part of the government’s plan to increase the quantity and quality of Apprenticeships they have introduced a new tax – the Levy.
Commenced on 6th April 2017, the levy applies to all UK employers with a pay bill of £3 million a year in all sector. Approximately 1.3% of employers pay the levy.
Employers have an allowance of £15,000 to offset against their levy payment. This allowance is topped up by 10% by the government and held in a Digital Apprenticeship Service account for a maximum of 24 months. The levy payment is set at 0.5% of an employer’s pay bill, and is paid to HMRC through PAYE.
Since May 2017, Levy funds have been available through a new digital service. Levied employers have been able to buy training since May 2017; funds leave digital account on a monthly basis and will spread over the duration of the apprenticeship. 20% of the total cost will be paid on completion of the apprenticeship.
Non-levied employers can also use the apprenticeship levy to received funding support for Apprenticeships. Non-levy paying employers can share the cost of the Apprenticeship training and assessing with the government with co-investment. Employers will need to pay just 10% of the cost of the Apprenticeship and the government will pay the remaining 90% (up to the funding band maximum). The training must be delivered by an approved provider and the Apprenticeship must be an approved standard. Employers can access this support through the National Apprenticeship Service.
If you don’t pay the levy as you are under the pay bill threshold you can still receive funding support for Apprenticeships. Non-levy paying employers can share the cost of the Apprenticeship training and assessing with the government with co-investment. From May 2017 the employer will just need to pay 10% of the cost of the Apprenticeship and the government will pay the remaining 90% (up to the funding band maximum). The training must be delivered by an approved provider and the Apprenticeship must be an approved standard or framework.
Employers can access this support through the National Apprenticeship Service.
We are the largest provider on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers and an approved training provider for the Commercial Procurement and Supply Apprenticeship standard (previously known as Public Sector Commercial Level 4 Apprenticeship). This standard is suitable for all organisations.
This level 4 apprenticeship is suitable for all organisations and will take 2 years to complete.
• CIPS Level 4 Diploma
• Project Report (5000 words)
• Presentation and Questioning Interview
For full details of all the learning objectives please email email@example.com for the level content guide