12th December 2017
New staff or upskilling: How should you use your Apprenticeship Levy funds?
In this guide, we’ll explore just some of the ways you can use the new avenues presented by the Levy to best meet your school’s training and development needs.
Whether you opt to take on new, entry-level staff or invest in broadening the skillset of your existing employees, it should largely be dictated by what your organisation’s looking to achieve in the short, medium and long term. However, we understand that schools today are often working to very restricted budgets. In our recent survey, when asked what would increase the likelihood of them using their Levy, the most common response from schools was more funding in order to employ new apprentices.
Securing additional funding will be challenging but schools should be aware that even if they can’t, they don’t need to miss out on the opportunity to use some of the Levy pot. For example, our level 2 and 3 early years and teaching assistant qualifications can be used to train existing staff to improve the school’s performance.
Schools should also be aware that with the Apprenticeship Levy’s introduction in April, they no longer need to pay any National Insurance Contributions for apprentices who are under the age of 25. So by upskilling an existing member of staff who is under 25 years old, the school could actually save some money!
The ball’s in your court
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