Apprenticeship Training at Always Consult - Learn Grow Explore As many businesses will be aware, the Apprenticeship Levy came into effect in April 2017. The Levy is a new tax on businesses with an annual wage bill of £3m or over. From April 2017, all business with a wage bill over £3m will pay 0.5% of any portion of their wages over this figure through the PAYE system. The money is then put into a Levy account. The money in the account can only be utilised to fund the delivery of apprenticeship training by an approved training provider.

Always Consult are proud to say we are one such provider, registered on the Register of Approved Training Providers (RoATP). As a specialist in Management and Leadership, Always Consult offer two apprenticeship courses designed to upskill your workforce and make your business run more efficiently. The apprenticeship ‘Standards’ that we deliver are government recognised qualifications. The courses have been written by industry with the help of the ILM and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Both courses can be adapted to suit the specific needs of a business or industry.

Team Leader / Supervisor Level 3

This course is ideal for those starting out in management and responsible for the activities, output and performance of a team. The Team Leader/Supervisor Apprenticeship is suitable for individuals who are working in a first line management role. Some of the roles or occupations that this qualification will support are: Supervisor, Team Leader, Project Officer, Foreperson and Shift Manager. The course lasts 12 – 15 months and the training is delivered by our highly qualified staff predominantly in the workplace through 1-2-1 individually tailored training, lectures, webinars and using a wealth of resources available through our e-portfolio system.

Operations /Departmental Manager Level 5

This course is ideal for established managers looking to take the next step in leading and managing larger teams and business units. Level 5 Managers are typically responsible for everything from creating and delivering operational plans, managing projects, leading and managing teams, managing change and financial and resource management. Roles may include Operations Manager, Regional Manager, Divisional Manager, Department Manager as well as other specialist managers. A suitable candidate is someone who manages teams or projects and is responsible for achieving operational or departmental goals and objectives as part of their organisation’s strategy. The course lasts 15 – 20 months and the training is delivered in much the same way as the Level 3 course above. The difference between the 2 courses is that whereas the Level 3 course aims to train the foundations of leadership and management, the level 5 courses expects the individual to have experience prior to the start of the course and will focus at a more strategic level.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What is an apprenticeship?
A: An apprenticeship is an on the job training course designed to teach a new skill to someone in employment. An apprentice can be aged between 16-64 years old. The apprentice can be recruited specifically to undertake the training, with a view to progressing into long term, full time employment on completion of the course, or the course can be delivered to existing staff as part of their current role, by way of up-skilling.

Q: What is the Apprenticeship Levy?
A: The apprenticeship levy is a tax on employer with a wage bill of £3m or over. It is raised at a rate of 0.5% on anything over £3m and it can only be used to fund apprenticeship training by an approved training provider such as Always Consult. The payment is taken monthly using the PAYE system and is held in an account by the government on behalf of the organisation.

Q: What happens if I don’t spend my Levy?
A: You have 2 years to spend your levy and then you will start losing it each month from then on. After two years the government will take the funds and use them elsewhere.

Q: How can I use my Levy?
A: The money in your Levy account can be used to fund apprenticeship training courses for your staff. The courses must be delivered by an approved provider, such as Always Consult. There are over 180 apprenticeship standards to choose from and a similar number of old style ‘frameworks’ available as well. If you are struggling to work out what courses would be appropriate for your business then we offer a consultancy service in order to make best use of your funds.

Q: How can I work out how much I have to spend?
A: Each of the apprenticeship standards has a funding cap which varies depending on the length of the course and the qualification in question. For example the Level 3 and Level 5 courses above cost £5,000 and £9,000 respectively. You can use the website at the link here which will enable you to calculate how much you have to spend.

Q: What happens if I want to spend more than I have available in my account?
A: If you want to spend more money than you have available in your account then this is no problem. The government has committed to a co-funding model, whereby it will fund 90% of any course over and above your available funds, leaving you to top up the remaining 10%. For example, if you had £40,000 available annually in your account, and you wanted to fund 10 courses, year-long courses, costing £5,000 each; the government would fund £9,000 of the £10,000 overspend, leaving you to top up £1,000.

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