The Apprenticeship Levy is set to change the face of apprenticeships in the UK. For many manufacturing employers, the Levy seems like an unnecessarily piece of complex legislation and another burden on industry. However, when viewed as a strategic opportunity, employers can use the Levy as an opportunity to better plan for training and developing their apprentices and existing workforce.
As a the leading full-service apprenticeship recruitment and training provider UK manufacturing, EEF has an unparalleled understanding of the Levy. From championing the voice of manufacturers to government during Levy consultations to being one of the elite facilities named to the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers, EEF has a strong understanding of the ins and outs of the new legislation.
EEF is currently working with manufacturers of all size to understand the opportunities available to them under the Levy and how they can use this funding to reach their particular business goals.
One such company is Tangerine Confectionery. Alison Simpson, Learning and Development Manager, explains her take on the Levy:
“The Apprentice Levy has been seen by some as nothing more than a stealth tax, it has been forced upon businesses where training budgets are already stretched. The structure of the levy and how it was going to work in practice has been a slow and drawn out process leaving businesses unable to plan strategically for its arrival in a timely manner.
EEF have been a great support in making sense of what the levy is and how we can add value to the business in a way which is aligned with our vision and strategy. We have worked together to ensure our company values and behaviours are woven into our management programmes in a way which will complement our desire for a winning culture, growing our people in a way which will drive our business forward.
I have worked with EEF for many years, they listen to what the needs of the business are and work with you to find top solutions in a straight forward way.”
If you're a business looking to train apprentices, EEF is ready to partner with you to maximise your return and minimise the headache of the Levy. Get in touch to discuss the particulars of your situation.