aP­PreN­Tice­sHiP BOOsT

Gov­ern­ment propos­ing plans to get busi­nesses hir­ing

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - www.fb­hvc.co.uk

The Depart­ment for ed­u­ca­tion (Dfe) has re­vealed plans to cre­ate three mil­lion new ap­pren­tice­ship roles by 2020 – and it’s set to help clas­sic ap­pren­tices.

Un­der the plans for the levy the Gov­ern­ment has pro­posed that em­ploy­ers that are too small to pay the levy – around 98% of em­ploy­ers in Eng­land – will have 90% of the costs of train­ing paid for.

The levy is a tax on all busi­nesses with pay­roll costs of £3 mil­lion or more a year and will be cal­cu­lated at 0.5% of a busi­ness’ an­nual pay­roll bill, mi­nus an al­lowance of £15,000.

Ex­tra sup­port – worth £2000 per trainee – will also be avail­able for em­ploy­ers and train­ing providers that take on 16- to 18-year-old ap­pren­tices.

This is a sig­nif­i­cant de­vel­op­ment for clas­sic busi­nesses and fill­ing the grow­ing skills gap in clas­sic ap­pren­tice­ships.

The Fed­er­a­tion of Bri­tish His­toric Ve­hi­cle Clubs (FB­HVC) set up Europe’s first clas­sic car ap­pren­tice course in 2014. Com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor Ge­off Lan­caster says: ‘It’s a boost def­i­nitely. Big­ger in­dus­tries are task­ing HR de­part­ments with em­ploy­ing enough young peo­ple to get the levy back – mean­ing lots of new ap­pren­tices will be em­ployed – in­clud­ing clas­sic ones.’

‘How­ever, un­der cur­rent pro­pos­als it stip­u­lates that if a course doesn’t reach tar­get num­bers, it could take away fund­ing. As we’ve only been go­ing for two years, we’re not quite there yet. So that’s some­thing we’re cur­rently in talks about.’

Em­ploy­ers with fewer than 50 staff will also have 100% of train­ing costs paid for by the Gov­ern­ment if they take on these ap­pren­tices. The DfE is propos­ing the new fund­ing sys­tem comes into ef­fect on 1 May 2017. Robert Hal­fon, ap­pren­tice­ships and skills min­is­ter says: ‘We need to make sure peo­ple of all ages and back­grounds have a chance to get on in life. Ap­pren­tice­ships give young peo­ple a lad­der of op­por­tu­nity. That’s why we con­tinue to work tire­lessly to de­liver the skills our coun­try needs. The ap­pren­tice­ship levy is ab­so­lutely cru­cial to this.’

The pro­pos­als are for ap­pren­tice­ship fund­ing in eng­land. scot­land, wales and North­ern ire­land are still in the con­sul­ta­tion phase with the pro­pos­als.

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