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Here will share what's new and happening in the world of CAKE People Develeopment and all things Learning and Development.

By Shelley Measures, May 16 2019 12:28PM

In the two years since the launch of the Apprenticeship Levy much has changed, new standards have been introduced, funding bands cut and the change in rules around transfers are just a couple of examples.


At our recent apprenticeship update events, we heard comments such as, "It's too complicated, I’ve not even looked into it yet", "I receive so much information that’s not relevant, I don’t bother with it" and "I don’t understand the funding at all". So, to help cut through the noise and make sense of it all, we have launched the Apprenticeship Bulletin, a monthly roundup of apprenticeship news.


In our first issue, we explain apprenticeship funding transfer from one employer to another, remind levy payers of ‘use it or lose it’ starting in this month and share a bit of good news from one of CAKE’s client’s management apprentice.


Some good news: Increase in Transfer Allowances from April


If you pay the levy, your transfer allowance has gone up from 10% to 25% of your year’s levy total. You’ll see this in your service account from the end of April. You’re free to make a transfer to any employer you want for apprenticeships training and assessment. Many employers are choosing suppliers, customers and even local charities to benefit from this. Find more details, including a useful visual and video on the whole process here.


But a risk: No apprenticeships for non-levy payers?


Up to 98% of non-levy-payers could be left without apprenticeships if the levy pot runs dry. There are concerns that the current funding mechanism needs a £1 billion ‘safety net’, according to AELP. Successes such as NHS trusts using their transfers could be few and far between in the future unless there’s an overhaul in apprenticeship funding. There was a barrage of transfer-related questions at the recent Apprenticeship Conference, so it remains a hot topic. You can subscribe to AELP here. Their updates are frequent and punchy.


Some not so good news: Expiry of levy funds


From May, levy payers will start to lose their older, unused funds. If you’re affected, you’ll see money expire 24 months after it first appeared in your account. ESFA has created a Funding Projection Tool that you can use to see how your future funds will disappear. Here’s a full explanation. Just a warning – the video is a touch under half an hour but is very clear on how expiry works.


And finally some great news: Norfolk County Council apprentice gains promotion


James, one of our management apprentices at Norfolk County Council, got promoted to a team manager recently. James is a model delegate on his apprenticeship programme and says that the learning and networking with other managers were important his recent career milestone. He also thinks the management support he’s received from his employer to help him with the programme has been brilliant. At CAKE we believe learning success comes from a close partnership of apprentice, employer and CAKE. James is an excellent example of all three working really well together.


If you have any questions regarding the Apprenticeship Levy or our programmes, please call on 01603 733006 or email slice@cakepd.co.uk.


Regards

The CAKE team.






By Shelley Measures, Feb 28 2019 03:58PM

The Apprenticeship Levy was established just under two years ago to help employers to build a skilled workforce fit to “compete on the world stage”. However, not everyone is making the most of the opportunity…


In a bid to hit its declared target of training three million new apprentices by 2020, the government introduced the Apprenticeship Levy in 2016.


How does the Apprenticeship Levy work?

Effectively a tax on big business, the levy, which came into effect in April 2017, requires a spend of 0.5pc of the company payroll by firms paying more than £3m a year in salaries - fewer than 2pc of UK employers.


Does the government pay for apprenticeships?

The government slightly eased the burden by introducing a levy allowance of £15,000 a year, to be subtracted from the 0.5pc total.

Also, as well as the amount paid into the account, the government applies a 10pc top-up on funds, so that for every £1 paid in, the employer gets £1.10 to spend.

The purpose of the levy is to encourage employers to invest in apprenticeship programmes and develop their workforces.


Is there an Apprenticeship Levy deadline?

The catch is that businesses have been allowed 24 months to spend their funds before they expire.

And it is estimated that of the projected £2.7bn levy pot across all industries, just £370m (13.7pc) has been drawn down to fund courses, according to Department for Education (DfE) data.

March will mark 24 months since the levy was introduced, and under government rules any unspent levy from March 2017 will be lost on a rolling monthly programme, decreasing the funds in the employer’s levy pot.

This means that businesses need to act now or lose out.


How can CAKE help?

CAKE People Development believes in helping clients to develop and deliver their learning and development strategy via modern, innovative and blended learning Director Margaret Burnside says: “In April, the businesses which are paying the levy, but who haven’t spent it, will start to lose it and the funds will be gradually returned to the Treasury.


“We are here to support those organisations, to help them understand that the levy is a platform to engage with staff across all levels of the business to help them develop in their roles.


“Meanwhile, apprenticeships, whether in leadership and management or learning and development, offer opportunities for structured, professional learning, leading to recognised qualifications.”


Where can I find out more about apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are a huge opportunity for organisations to develop the performance and capabilities of their teams. It shouldn’t be seen as just an entry level or school leaver pathway.


A range of optionsare available to employers seeking to make the most of the levy, join us April 2nd to find our more.


Or email slice@cakepd.co.uk to find out how CAKE People Development can help find the right solution for your apprenticeship requirements





By Shelley Measures, Nov 1 2018 11:18AM

We are celebrating!


It’s our 2nd birthday…


To celebrate 2 years as CAKE People Development, we are gifting to you the offer of 2 for 1 tickets for our coaching and mentoring conference, The Coaching Conversation.


Our gift to you opens today and will run for 2 days!!!


To claim your gift, firstly book your ticket here, then simply email us at slice@cakepd.co.uk with the name and email address of your guest, and we will send them their free ticket.


We have an amazing line-up of carefully selected guest speakers and facilitators, and a wide range of workshops guaranteed to be thought-provoking and challenge your thinking.


Our great team will be on hand to ensure you get the most out of your day, we look forward to seeing you there!


Don’t forget, this 2 for 1 offer runs for 48hrs only… who will you bring??


Regards

The CAKE team.


By Shelley Measures, Jul 5 2018 12:40PM

Martin Bull & Jo Tonnison
Martin Bull & Jo Tonnison

Do you know a coaching champion who goes over and above their job role? Have they had a significant impact on your’s or someone else's life? Have they been the driving force in the introduction of a coaching and mentoring initiative?


Now is the time to show your appreciation for all they do. Help us celebrate and reward their outstanding work and nominate them for the CAKE People Development Coaching Champion Award.


The CAKE People Development showpiece annual event, The Coaching Conversation conference is seen as highly inspirational within the coaching community, and this year it will be held at Newmarket Racecourse, on Thursday 29th of November.


The principal aim of the award is to raise the profile of coaching and mentoring and the role it plays in transforming individuals and businesses alike. Our previous winner Martin Bull attributes coaching to the success of his apprenticeship programmes.


Margaret Burnside, Director at CAKE People Development, said

“I am pleased to announce nominations for this year's Awards open. This is a significant year for us as we introduce our second award, The Best Coaching and Mentoring Initiative Award.

Our awards are a unique opportunity for the regions’ L&D/HR professionals and business leaders to reward and recognise the excellent coaching and mentoring happening within their organisations."


Martin Bull - Dispensing Systems Development Manager & Global Valve Systems Expert at RPC UCP Zeller Plastik and last year’s winner of the coaching champion award said “I was delighted to receive the award. I credit my development journey to Steve Millbank, Head of Leadership Development at CAKE. He ignited my passion for coaching and L&D when I attended a programme he ran about four years ago.

It was an honour to have my work and my passion for coaching and mentoring recognised beyond the workplace. It’s truly gratifying and a great feeling.”


He continued, “I liked that the award is a showcase for the full spectrum of coaching and mentoring. I was disappointed I wasn’t able to attend the conference in person, but my colleague accepted the award on my behalf and was blown away by the amazing work other coaches are undertaking. He learnt a great deal form the day.”


In line with CAKE People Development values; passion, excellence, integrity and making a difference, we would like to stress that we welcome nominations on behalf of qualified, non-qualified, team leaders, supervisors, managers, teachers, tutors and anyone who supports people to achieve their goals.


Promote the people who tirelessly champion coaching and mentoring and have made a difference to you.


Tell us about your coaching champion by heading to: http://ow.ly/v4u130kOpaF


All entries must be in by Friday, September 28th.



By Shelley Measures, May 14 2018 01:44PM


We had a terrific couple of days at the CIPD L&D show at Olympia last month. It was great to have such stimulating conversations and hear inspirational stories about the amazing work our colleagues are doing in the L&D community. The energy and passion were palpable. It’s an ideal environment to keep up to date with learning trends, and we learnt a great deal.


One of the main topics of the show this year was apprenticeships. During the conference, IBM and BT both shared how the apprenticeship levy was supporting not only their technical apprenticeships but their managers and leaders too.


Apprenticeships have long been viewed as opportunities for school leavers to gain skills and experience in a trade, but it is no longer the case. The introduction of the Levy in April last year means that businesses can now look to invest and upskill their existing workforce.


I think we are all familiar with the term ‘accidental manager’, it’s been around for a while, where the best ‘technician’ is promoted to a management role that they have no experience in nor have been trained to do. With the new standards for Leadership & Management Apprenticeships, organisations can look at the wider skill set and offer an incredibly robust, long-term, sustainable development programme, giving managers the best chance of being effective and productive in their roles.


We know that some organisations face the challenge of the negative connotations and perceptions of the word apprenticeship. They also fear the weight of the administration around it but, by working with CAKE, it’s seamless from start to finish. We oversee the whole process, support the internal communication, the delivery, administration and funding.


We are hosting another Apprenticeship Event in London this month on May 30th, to explain our unique approach. Follow the link for details and to book your place.


https://cake-people-development.eventbrite.co.uk


Another strong theme running through our conversations last week was coaching and mentoring, and how organisations are beginning to realise the significance of a coaching culture to support development solutions, organisational change, apprenticeships and overall employee engagement.


Managers and leaders who operate in a coaching culture support learning and give regular feedback, which offers opportunities for growth, and creates a more engaged and energised workforce.


We are passionate about coaching and mentoring; it underpins all that we do. We work tirelessly to support organisations to develop a climate where they can flourish through supporting learning and nurturing talent to deliver business outcomes


Many of our conversations were around how we can support organisations in the training and development of their internal coaches who then, in turn, will develop other coaches to sustain a meaningful coaching practice for the business.


Our experience shows us that when done well, coaching automatically engages people where other strategies have fallen flat and by the wayside. It delivers profit and value to everyone. Profit without the value recognised by the workforce kills engagement in a heartbeat.


To discover how Coaching and Mentoring can support your organisation, call the CAKE Team on 01603 733006 or email slice@cakepd.co.uk




By Shelley Measures, Apr 5 2018 01:36PM

Apprenticeship Levy
Apprenticeship Levy

CAKE People Development Apprenticeship Event - Setting New Standards


The introduction of Leadership and Management Apprenticeships is the best business opportunity available for you to develop the capabilities and performance of your managers and leaders.


The new standards unlock exciting opportunities for organisations to attract talent, nurture and develop existing team members to enable them to reach their full potential and achieve a professional qualification.


We can help you to develop them using the funding available through the Apprenticeship Levy, but where do you start?


Join us on May 30th from 9.30am to 12.30am, for refreshments, breakfast and of course CAKE to explore how your organisation can make the most of your Apprenticeship Levy.


We will demystify the processes and funding of apprenticeships, and share our innovative and unique approach, putting learning to work in the context of your organisation; it’s how we make the difference.


Our event is free to attend and open to everyone.


Wed 30 May 2018 - 09:30 – 12:30 BST

77 Kingsway London WC2 6SR



https://cake-people-development.eventbrite.co.uk


By Shelley Measures, Aug 22 2017 11:00AM

The Apprenticeship Levy doesn't feel new to me. When I started my L&D career in 1984 (it was called Training then) I had to produce an annual report to demonstrate we were entitled to levy exemption from The Distributive Industry Training Board (DITB). The report focused more on quantity of training days etc rather than outcomes or business impact but it always made us reflect on what we had achieved and meant that we had plenty of support for investing in training.


The similarity that particularly strikes me is the opportunity to create truly blended and comprehensive programmes for people at all stages of their career. I started with the employer I described above as a management trainee - I was on a two-year programme with a blend of learning opportunities planned in. It really was our flagship programme and when I became Training Officer I was responsible for running it. Remember we are talking early 80s and I still benefit from that programme now. Here are just some of the elements that made it such a solid foundation for the rest of my working life:


• 3 month assignments in different departments across the business

• Day release college courses - Year 1 technical, Year 2 - management focused

• In-house 1 and 2 day courses - often run by senior managers and specialists in the business on a wide range of business and management topics

• Involvement in special events - i.e. Ideal Home Show, Lining up and presenting a crystal bowl to Her Majesty The Queen, etc.

• Entry in to related awards (e.g. Chamber of Commerce Trainee of the Year)

• Project work

• Regular documented reviews after each assignment (3 months)

• Learning Diary to record progress, reflect on learning during assignments and guide us through the programme

• Regular access to Senior Management and real involvement from them throughout

• Final Graduation ceremony (I still have my photo!)

• Almost guaranteed promotion at the end but with plenty of support to make the right choice over the first management role.


The selection process was tough, over 100 applications were received each year without any advertising and this was whittled down to around 8 each year through interviews and assessment centres using a panel of trained senior managers - when I experienced this from the 'other side' I saw how robust the discussions were in the wash up.


So, now we have digital but other than that, I'm not sure how much of what we are doing today is really new. I believe that if we use the Apprenticeship levy wisely, we will go back to developing people properly. Bite-sized, e-learning, social Learning all have their place but as a product of an in-depth, tailored and well supported two-year programme I value the chance to provide others with that type of experience and learning. All of my fellow trainees went on to have impactful roles quite quickly and of those I have tracked - many reached Director levels in their various organisations. Perhaps that's the key, let's train people in management and leadership skills before they are promoted!




By Shelley Measures, Mar 14 2017 02:57PM

Making the most of your apprenticeship levy payments.


The way apprenticeships are funded and delivered in England will change from April 6 2017. If your organisations salary bill is over £3 million, you will pay 0.5% to a new government 'apprenticeship levy'.


What you may not know is that you can use your levy on apprenticeship training programmes that we can align to meet the development needs of your business.


We'll work with you to ensure you get the most from your levy payments. We help you develop an apprenticeship strategy that meets your key business objectives.


Using your levy payments, you can upskill your employees at all levels- from new starters to your managers, and regardless of thier age, position or experience.


Call us today and find out how you can maximise your levy payments: 01603 733006





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