Free briefing for local businesses on the new Apprenticeship Levy

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EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, is holding a free breakfast briefing to help bring local businesses up-to-speed on the Government’s new Apprenticeship Levy.

The Government’s Apprenticeship Levy is due to come into effect in April 2017. It will result in a new business charge for employers with a pay bill of over £3 million a year – whether they employ apprentices or not - and will fundamentally change the way in which employers of all sizes access support for apprentice training.

The breakfast briefing takes place in Gateshead on Wednesday 27th April and is being led by EEF’s national Skills Service Director, Christian Warden. He will update local firms on the latest levy developments, explain how it is currently expected to be implemented and advise businesses already employing apprentices on how the apprentice levy funding mechanism will work.

The session will provide an important update and help to bust any myths about what the new levy will entail. There will also be a Q&A section where businesses can check their understanding and ask questions about their own situation.

Liz Mayes, North East Region Director at EEF, says: “The new Apprenticeship Levy represents a significant change for business. It’s vital that companies understand both the potential cost implications and how to ensure they are able to take full advantage of the available funding.

“It’s important for companies already hiring apprentices to attend, but I would also urge any firms likely to be taking on apprentices within the next few years to come along too. Funding from the Apprenticeship Levy could help to fast forward your plans - this could be great news for your business and for young people in our region too.”

The briefing takes place Wednesday 27th April, 8am to 9.30am at EEF House, Queensway North, Team Valley, Gateshead, NE11 0NX. To book a place, email Lauren Allison at lallison@eef.org.uk.

The event is one of a number EEF has run about the Apprenticeship Levy. In February, leading civil servants involved in its development and implementation attended a special session at EEF’s National Manufacturing Conference, giving manufacturers a chance to hear directly about the plans and to provide constructive feedback. EEF also hosted a free webinar on the Apprenticeship Levy earlier this week – almost 400 companies from across the UK took part.

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