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By Shelley Measures, Aug 5 2019 03:44PM

Did you know that organisations with spare apprenticeship levy funds can transfer them to your charity? Here we give some hints and tips to show charities how to make the most of this golden opportunity.


As a charity, you may not be paying the apprenticeship levy, but did you know that there is still a way in which you could benefit from it? From April this year, employers can transfer up to 25% of their annual apprenticeship service funds (an increase from 10%) to another organisation. These transferred funds can then be used to fund an apprenticeship. This is a golden opportunity for charities.


Organisations who aren’t spending all their levy are looking for ways to do so. and supporting charities in this way may also fit perfectly with their corporate social responsibility policy. Any employer can receive a transfer, so charities of all sizes can benefit from having an apprenticeship funded by another organisation.


For example, we’re currently working with a local charity, The Feed in Norwich, which helps homeless and disadvantaged adults, training them in catering skills to increase their employability and self-confidence. The Operations Manager is about to enbark on our Leadership and Management Apprenticeship Programme funded by Kettle Foods.


Kettle Foods wants to really make a difference locally, and it already funds places on its catering training programmes, provides training sessions with its chef and helps raise awareness of The Feed’s valuable work. It made perfect sense to use its available levy pot to support its partner charity further. It’s definitely worth approaching and asking your supporters if they have any leftover levy that they’d be willing to transfer to you.


How to benefit from a transferred apprenticeship levy:


The transfer process itself is simple to do, but I’d recommend watching the Education & Skills Funding Agency videos.


Before a transfer can be made, both the sending and receiving organisations must be registered on the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS). The levy-paying organisation initiates the process. The receiving charity confirms and then adds the details of the apprenticeship. More details can be found on the gov.uk website.


Practical tips & hints


If you’re going to receive a transfer, there are some things that you should bear in mind:


The transferred funds can only be used for apprenticeship training and assessment


The funds can only be used for apprenticeship standards


You will need to create an account on the DAS portal


An agreement must be signed with the Educations Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)


The transfer of funds occurs monthly from the sending employers to your apprenticeship account


If the apprenticeship stops for whatever reason, so will the funding


You WILL NOT be required to pay back the funds

If the sending employer runs out of funds, you’ll be required to make a 5% contribution towards the programme; the government will pay the remaining 95%. The is called co-investment. Further information is on the www.gov.uk website


The cost of any training should not go above the funding band for the apprenticeship programme. For example, the funding band for the Leadership and Management Apprenticeship is £7,000. In the unlikely event that training costs exceed this amount, your charity would be liable for the outstanding amount. This shouldn’t happen but is something to be aware of if suppliers suggest adding extras to their programmes that won’t be covered by the levy.


If you’re being funded by a training provider, that provider cannot then deliver the training for that funded apprenticeship



If you have any questions about the apprenticeship levy transfer process, or would like to talk to us about our apprenticeship programmes could support you, contact the team on 01603 733006, email slice@cakepd.co.uk or visit www.cakepd.co.uk



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, May 2 2019 01:07PM

The path to becoming qualified hasn’t always been an easy one for the L&D Professional. The Learning landscape is shifting, a new era in being created in the development world; becoming qualified puts you in the best position to inspire employees, influence leaders, shape the organisational approach to boost innovation and growth.


The good news is with the apprenticeship levy, the route to becoming qualified has been made easier.

The bads news is that in May, businesses which are paying the levy, but who haven’t spent it, will start to lose it and the funds will gradually be returned to the Treasury. This means that organisations need to act or lose out.


BOOK YOUR TICKET TODAY


Join us for a day of learning, collaboration and networking where we will cover:


Apprenticeships 2 Years on – Margaret Burnside – CAKE People Development


We’ll share the very latest updates and help you understand how to make the most of your levy pot. During the session we’ll be covering:


• The Levy, paying or non-paying - What does that mean to business?

• Funding explained and made simple

• The new rules on funding transfers

• Using the Levy to support your business strategy

• How does a Leadership Development or Learning and Development Apprenticeship work?

• 20% off the job learning - What does that mean and how is it covered?

• Optional qualifications explained

• EPA - Endpoint assessment - What's involved and how is it managed?

• Case studies

• Q&A


The Changing Role of L&D: What Do Modern Practitioners Need to Be? - Steve Finch - Thinqi


The learning landscape of the modern workforce is undergoing a radical transformation. Learners are becoming more independent, and skills requirements are evolving, bringing fresh challenges for organisations to face. There's no denying L&D is changing, so it’s time for us to rethink the role of the L&D practitioner.


So, what do modern L&D practitioners need to be? This session explores some of the key roles the modern practitioner must embrace to achieve success, including:


• Collaborator - breaking down silos and being the conduit between business departments

• Coach & Mentor - supporting the independent learner's journey

• Analyst - gaining insight from data to drive decision-making

• Curator - harvesting and categorising content from the web


Each role is contextualised in the modern L&D setting, with examples of the challenges they present the modern L&D practitioner and how to overcome them to achieve success.


We then offer you the choice of 2 streams; Choose your session, swap part way through if you want to …


Stream 1 - Modern Learning in Practice - Steve Finch


This workshop gets you hands-on with Thinqi, a next-generation learning platform, where we’ll be exploring some of the workflows expected from modern learners. We’ll take a blended learning journey through some of the engaging experiences that are transforming the way businesses are approaching L&D including:


• Personalisation

• Informal resource libraries

• Learner-lead journeys

• Bite-size and microlearning

• Curation and creation

• Reward and recognition

• Digital body language and analytics


This session will give you practical experience of what modern learning looks and feels like for both learners and practitioners, with practical guidance on how you can take this back and apply it to your organisation.


Stream 2 – Social Learning (Collaboration and Coaching) - Margaret Burnside


A collaborative discussion prompted by coaching questions to encourage you to share what’s happening in your organisation. In an informal format, you will share experience with other L&D professionals through facilitated discussion. Questions like:


• How do you work with your stakeholders to truly identify needs?


• How do you involve your stakeholders in any learning solutions?


• Who is responsible for learning and development in your organisation?


• How do you measure the effectiveness of any learning interventions?


• How well established is coaching in your organisation?


• Who coaches? External, internal, managers, HR?


• How do people access coaching in your organisation?


• Where does Mentoring fit in?


BOOK YOUR TICKET TODAY


It’s all in – breakfast, snacks, tea and coffee, and a two-course lunch are included in the ticket price. NB – If you have a special dietary requirement? Just let us know, and we’ll make sure there’s something for you to enjoy.


We will be donating 50% of the tickets sales to www.you-make-it.org.


A wonderful charity, based in East London that offers a creative and inspiring programme for young women to access tools, networks, experiences and the confidence to transform their lives through personal empowerment. Their carefully crafted programme offers group learning, 1-1 mentoring, work experience and start-up support, along with 1-1 pastoral care and counselling to ensure that their participants thrive in every way possible. They are ensuring that all women, regardless of background, have access to the same opportunities to lead happy, independent and fulfilled lives.



BOOK YOUR TICKET TODAY






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, 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

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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, May 30 2017 08:36AM

The apprenticeship levy?


On the 6th April 2017, the Government introduced the apprenticeship levy, with a view to creating millions of apprenticeships across the UK. The apprenticeship levy will be applied to all employers with an annual wage bill greater than £3 million however there will be a 0.5% tax on the total pay bill, which will be paid through Pay As You Earn.

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.



What size of business will be subject to the levy?


The levy threshold is calculated by size of payroll. Businesses with a wage bill of more than £3 million will be required to pay a levy. This payroll threshold only applies to 2% of employers, which means only larger SMEs fall into this bracket.


How much is the levy?


The levy amount is 0.5% of a company’s payroll, and every employer gets an allowance of £15,000 to offset against the amount they owe.

That’s why it only applies to businesses with a payroll over £3m. So to explain:

A business with a payroll of £3m:

£3,000,000 (payroll) x 0.5% (levy amount) = £15,000 (amount owing pre allowance) – £15,000 (levy allowance) = £0 (levy payable)

A business with a payroll of £6m:

£6,000,000 (payroll) x 0.5% (levy amount) = £30,000 (amount owing pre allowance) – £15,000 (levy allowance) = £15,000 (levy payable)


When will it be payable?


Businesses will be subject to the levy payment from April 2017 and it will be payable monthly.

For levy-paying employers (annual wage bill greater than £3 million)

In addition to the functions available to all employers, from May 2017 levy-paying employers will be able to access funding for apprenticeships through their digital account and:

• negotiate and pay for apprenticeship training and assessment

• manage their funding and apprentices, view their account balance and plan their spending

• stop or pause payments (for example, if their apprentice stops their training, takes a break from training or the employer hasn’t received the service agreed with the provider).

To access their funding, levy-paying employers will need to set up an account on the digital apprenticeship service from January 2017 using their Government Gateway ID, PAYE scheme details and Companies House number or equivalent, which company payroll teams should have.


For non-levy paying employers (annual wage bill less than £3 million)


By 2020, all employers will be able to use the digital apprenticeship service to pay for training and assessment for apprenticeships.

Until then, non-levy paying employers will continue to negotiate and agree their apprenticeship programme with their chosen training provider.

90% of non-levy paying employers’ apprenticeship training and assessment costs in England will be paid for by the government.

The government will ask these employers to make a 10% contribution to the cost, paid directly to the provider, and the government covers the rest. This cost will be spread over the lifetime of the apprenticeship.

The government is offering additional support to organisations with fewer than 50 employees by paying 100% of training and assessment costs for their apprentices aged 16 to 18 and for those aged 19 to 24 formerly in care or with a local authority education, health and care plan.


Are all UK employers going to benefit?


Employers that do not pay the levy will still be able to access government support for apprenticeships.

Employers in England that pay the levy will be able to access the funds they have paid in via a new online portal called the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS). They will also receive a 10% top-up from the Government to their total monthly contributions in England.

All employers in England have access to a new, easy-to-use digital apprenticeship service to help digital apprenticeship service to help them manage their apprenticeship programme.




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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