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London Business Matters

APPRENTICESHIPS FEBRUARY 2017 65 Are you ready for the Apprenticeship Levy? London South East Apprenticeship Company can help 2017 is a big year for apprenticeships – with fundamental changes taking place to the way they are funded and managed. THE new levy, being introduced by the Government in April aims to encourage employers to take on apprentices as a way to meet skills needs within their businesses. Any business with a payroll bill of £3m or more each year will have to pay the levy. They will then be able to access the levy pot to use for all training and assessment costs related to apprentices. With such complex changes afoot, many businesses are understandably apprehensive. However, help is at hand; London South East Apprenticeship Company is supporting employers through the maze of reforms, highlighting the many benefits to having an apprentice. Introducing an apprentice into a business is a smart business move. They bring fresh ideas, enthusiasm and new skills with them – helping employers keep up to date with advances in technology and innovative working methods. London South East Apprenticeship Company offers free workshops, explaining the levy in more detail. It also has expert consultants on hand to talk through specific business needs and prepare costed workforce development plans which will maximise return on levy investment for employers. Simply give the team a call on 020 8295 7070 or email apprenticeships@lsec.ac.uk. In March, just before the introduction of the levy, the annual celebration of apprenticeships – National Apprenticeship Week – will take place. A host of events will be taking place around the region, including: Monday 6 March - 6pm-8pm: Visit the London South East Apprenticeship Company stand at the Bexley Borough Apprenticeship Event – Bexley Council – Civic Centre, Bexleyheath (open to all) Wednesday 8 March - 8.30am-12.30pm: ‘Prepare for your Apprenticeship’ - Holly Hill Campus Bexley (invite only) Thursday 9 March - 10am-2pm: Apprenticeship Fair - Greenwich Theatre, in partnership with SE London Chamber of File: 222482-2-17-LBM LSE COLLEGE Ad size: A4 1/2L (185mm wide x 130mm high) Commerce and Royal Borough of Greenwich (open to all) Thursday 9 March - 10am-2pm: Have a Go Construction Skills – in partnership with Berkeley Homes East West Thames, Kidbrooke Skills Centre, Kidbrooke (invite only) Friday 10 March - 10am-1pm: 10 Years of National Apprenticeship Week Celebration - in partnership with SE London Chamber of Commerce , Royal Borough of Greenwich, Knights Dragon and GLlab (invite only). i For further details call London South East Apprenticeship Company on 020 8295 7070 GET HELP FROM THE EXPERTS We can help you prepare for the introduction of the apprenticeship levy. TALK TO OUR LEVY EXPERTS TODAY - Our consultants can work with you to understand your business needs and prepare a fully costed workforce development plan to maximize the return on your levy investment Visit www.LSEC.ac.uk/employers to download our free resources and find out more. BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT WITH A LEVY EXPERT TODAY: Call 020 8295 7070, email apprenticeships@lsec.ac.uk or or visit www.LSEC.ac.uk/employers Click/tap for more info 222482-2-17-LBM LSE COLLEGE.indd 1 16/01/2017 12:28


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