What does the Apprenticeship Levy mean for Small to Medium businesses?

From 1st May 2017, Apprenticeships funding will change with the introduction of the new ‘Levy’. The change will affect large employers and businesses with a wage bill of £3m or more across the private and public sector. These organisations will be required to pay a tax via HMRC which will fund apprenticeship training.

The purpose of the levy is to encourage employers to invest in apprenticeship programmes, and to raise additional funds to improve the quality and quantity of apprenticeships.

Organisations will be set-up with their own digital account, administered through the new Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) and self-manage to select approved providers to manage their levy fund.

How about smaller businesses?

The arrival of the digital apprenticeship service is notable to businesses of all sizes as it will effectively drive the future of apprenticeship frameworks and standards, which training providers and assessment organisations businesses work with, and post apprenticeship vacancies. Furthermore, by 2020, all employers will be able to use the digital apprenticeship service to pay for the training and assessment for apprenticeships.

It is also predicted by the Government that unused levy payments will be used to fund apprenticeships training for small to medium businesses. With an estimated £2.5bn due to be raised by the levy, it is expected this will stretch to cover all employers with apprentices, regardless of their size, due to the number of employers expected to not utilise their levy accounts.

What about funding changes?

As the levy is introduced in May, there will also be a new funding system in place for businesses that run apprenticeship programmes. The objective of the new system is to increase a business’s buying power and control over apprenticeship training.

Business will be able to choose their apprenticeships and training provider for delivery – and a big change is that the cost is negotiable.

The arrival of the levy is definitely raising the profile of apprenticeships amongst all businesses, and this likely to have an impact on small businesses that are considering apprenticeships programmes in the future and a businesses training options.

If you need to talk to someone about your businesses training options, talk to us


There’s a pig in the house !!

Directive Training Director Tony Dickens is a trustee for the charity NAPA (Northern Academy of Performing Arts). NAPA supports with arts and dance training.

NAPAs third production will take place at Hull Truck Theatre from 12-15th April. The production follows sell-out performances of The Phantom of the Opera and Sweeney Todd.

Book your tickets now

About the production

A chiropodist, his wife, a pig, a bad smell, Spam and a royal wedding…what more could anyone want from a musical?

Based on the Allan Bennett film ‘A Private Function’ this hilarious musical comedy takes us back to 1940s Britain. We have won the war, but food is still scarce and anyone found trading in suspect meat could fall foul of the tenacious Mr Wormold – government Meat Inspector.

The only bright spark on the horizon is the impending marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip and the towns’ elite plan to celebrate in style. Gilbert Chilvers, the local chiropodist and his ambitious wife Joyce find themselves embroiled in a plot to illegally rear a pig especially for the occasion. The pig in question, Betty, kicks up a stink and runs amuck creating a madcap adventure for Joyce and Gilbert who, despite the unlikely circumstances, reignite the true love they once had.

A brilliantly British story of the underdog overcoming all the odds, it showcases expertly crafted songs that have a perfect balance of wit, pathos and post war optimism by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, the Olivier-winning duo behind Honk, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, Half a Sixpence and most recently Wind in the Willows.


Apple Teacher Reaches Out

Top Tips Today.

Following an exhaustive program of learning, testing and reading I have finally qualified as an Apple Teacher.

This means I can demonstrate how best to use Apple hardware and software to accomplish tasks and projects.   The knowledge applies across the board in business and education.

Todays top tips from Apple:

Open Excel files with Numbers on Mac.

When you receive Excel files from colleagues or students, just right-click the file and select Open With, then choose Numbers from the application list to open it on your Mac.

Activate “Hey Siri”.

Siri now works hands-free, so you can make requests without having to press the Home button. Simply go to Settings >General >Siri and turn on “Hey Siri”. Tap Set Up Now and repeat the phrases so Siri can recognise your voice.

Add different language keyboards.

Create resources for language lessons using international keyboards. Choose>Settings>General >Keyboard >Keyboards >Add New Keyboard. Next, choose the language you wish to add. When you are ready to type, simply touch and hold the Globe button and choose the new keyboard.

If you would like more tips or help with your Apple learning – get in touch.


Helping Generate Future Business

Inspiring Entrepreneurship

Being a member of FEO – For Entrepreneurs Only – can be very rewarding.

This week I got involved in delivering the FEO Entrepreneurship Masterclass at East Riding College, in their stunning campus in Beverley.

I led the session on Finance, one of a number of sessions including People, Attitude, Marketing and Regulation.   The audience was made up of about 50 students from varying courses at different levels.

When asked at the beginning of the day ‘How many of you think you may start your own business?’ I counted 2 or 3 hands.  At the close of the day, when asked the same question, I counted over 15.

That is why I get value from attending and taking part in these events.

The FEO help entrepreneurs in Hull & East Yorkshire create wealth and jobs. Through regular events and initiatives, we aim to inform, motivate, educate, inspire and support others. Our members give their time, energy, passion and resources to help entrepreneurs of all ages. We employ two members of staff who, along with our members, work hard to promote Hull and the Humber region as a great place to start up and run a business.