Apprenticeship Levy offers opportunity for employees' training

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 21 Apr 2017

THE way that apprenticeships are funded is changing. This month the Government introduced the Apprenticeship Levy to help fund and improve the quality of apprenticeships.

From May 1 onwards, nearly all businesses with a wage bill of less than £3 million will pay 10 per cent of the cost of an apprenticeship.

Employers will be eligible to receive a £1,000 grant when they take on any 16 to 18-year-old apprentice to help provide support in the workplace.

North Lindsey College is the largest provider of apprenticeships in North Lincolnshire, with more than 900 apprentices. It works with more than 700 employers across the area including large and small to medium sized businesses.

The current system of frameworks is also being replaced with new apprenticeship standards. It will be delivering a range of these from May onwards including higher apprenticeships at degree level.

One of the college's clients is Jacobs, a diverse provider of full-spectrum technical, professional and construction services. North Lindsey currently has six apprentices who have started highly sought-after careers with Jacobs.

Mick Lochran with an apprentice at Bradbury Group in Scunthorpe.

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Commenting on the candidate selection process, Jacobs' training and development manager Mick Heatlie, said: "We look for enthusiasm. If they have the commitment, everything else can be taught. There are great skills development and career advancement opportunities for the apprentices within Jacobs."

The new apprentices will spend their first year based at the British Steel Training Centre in Scunthorpe. The collaboration with North Lindsey College is providing many benefits, according to Mr Heatlie, "At the British Steel Training Centre, the apprentices are working in a similar environment to what they'll experience working on future projects. As soon as they walk through the door, there is guidance to follow, which means the apprentices are already accustomed to a working environment when they join us. This environment engages them in the industry from the start."

Mick Lochran, deputy principal, said: "The new funding and structure of apprenticeships gives us a great opportunity to provide more flexible delivery models, customised content and added value for our employers. Many employers are planning to use apprenticeships as a staff development tool, particularly in the area of leadership and management and our role is to ensure the programmes provide real a real return on investment for our clients."

For more information about apprenticeships and the changes to funding and provision call 01724 281111 or email

MORE: North Lindsey College celebrates apprentices at awards ceremony

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