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Are You Ready for the Levy?

A Black County training specialist is offering local businesses the chance to become “levy ready”, during a special Apprenticeship Levy awareness event next month.

Expert apprenticeship provider, Pilot, will host a free session on Wednesday 30th November 2016, during which employers will receive the very latest advice and guidance regarding the impending Apprenticeship Levy.

Set to be introduced in April next year, the levy is expected to raise in the region of £3bn nationally. With funds accessible to all employers, its potential benefits are far reaching.

Pilot Director, Spencer Shuter said: “The levy offers massive opportunities for all employers. Regardless of size or sector, employers will be able to access pooled funds to recruit new trainees and up-skill their existing workforce.”

However, a recent survey revealed that despite less than 180 days until it is launched, almost a third of firms have not yet heard of the Apprenticeship Levy or do not understand how it will work.

Graded financially outstanding by the Skills Funding Agency and ‘good’ by Ofsted, Pilot are well placed to offer the very best advice about what the levy means for business.

“Many of our employers have expressed concerns that they don’t yet understand the Apprenticeship Levy and are worried about its impact,” added Spencer.

“Our free Apprenticeship Levy awareness event is really about simplifying a complex funding landscape and helping SME’s in our region to become ‘levy ready’ by understanding just how they can make an apprenticeship programme work best for them.”

A flagship government initiative, the levy is anticipated to create up to three million apprenticeships by 2020. Whilst industry figures have voiced concerns over the potential misuse of Apprenticeship Levy funds, tight regulation will inevitably see many employers turning to specialist providers like Pilot.

Spencer said: “With the likes of Ofqual and the newly established Institute of Apprenticeships regulating the quality of apprenticeship schemes, we’d naturally encourage employers to contact us for professional advice; whether they wish to re-brand an existing programme or establish a new one.”

For further information about Pilot’s free Apprenticeship Levy awareness event, please contact Geoff Mills on 07963 137357 or visit

Last modified on Friday, 14 October 2016 10:00

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