2017 – A Big Year for Apprenticeship Training in England
The government’s Reform of Apprenticeships programme has been around for some time. It started with the publication of the Richard Report in 2012 when ex-Dragons Den entrepreneur, Doug Richard advised the government that the best way to make apprenticeships work was to involve employers more in the process. The government, under David Cameron, agreed with Richard and now, 5 years later, the reform process is about to come to fruition.
On 1st May 2017, the new apprenticeship system will commence and with it comes a host of changes that are expected to transform apprenticeship training. The key changes are as follows:
- Employer contributions: Large companies (with a wage bill of over £3 million) will pay a new tax called the ‘Apprenticeship Levy’ that will raise £2.5 billion per annum in England to pay for all apprenticeship training. Smaller employers will pay 10% of the cost of training for each apprentice who is first employed at the age of 19 or older.
- Higher levels of funding: To make the new system work, the government are committed to paying more for apprenticeship training and this includes giving employers a £1,000 bonus for each apprentice they take on at the age of 16 or 17.
- New standards: New training hairdressing training standards that have been designed by employers will be introduced in May. The new standards are based on the current NVQ but include some higher-level units designed to improve the quality of apprentice’s skills.
- End-point assessment: All apprentices will undergo independent end point assessment at the end of their apprenticeship. This will be similar to a ‘trade test’ which will be assessed by a professional assessor who does not know the individual learner.
- Grading of results: The results of the end point assessment will be graded either as a fail, a pass or a merit. If the apprentice fails, they will need to retake the assessment.
Cheynes Training will send out more information on the employer’s role in apprenticeships in March, meanwhile, if you have any urgent queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org