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How to use the Apprenticeship Levy strategically

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 18, 2019 2:20:11 PM / by Oliver Simpson posted in Apprenticeship Levy

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This is the sixth article in our 18 piece series on the Apprenticeship Levy. The one thing you should never do with apprenticeships is invest in them for the sake of just making sure that your levy pot is spent. As with any kind of business investment there should always be a clear business need in the first place, with a demonstrable method for ensuring a return on investment.

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The Apprenticeship Levy Digital Account

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 8, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Oliver Simpson

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This is the fifth article in our 18 part series on the Apprenticeship Levy. Along the way, we’ve learned what the Apprenticeship Levy is, who’s eligible to contribute and use the levy, and what levy funds can be spent on. In our last piece, we confirmed that levy funds can be used for both new and existing employees, but must be spent on approved apprentice courses through the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) portal. This piece will be a direct continuation and go into more detail about DAS. Read on to learn how to create a DAS account, how to use it, and how to spend your valuable funds.

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What can the Apprenticeship Levy be spent on?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 1, 2019 1:18:18 PM / by Oliver Simpson posted in Apprenticeship Levy

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This is the fourth article in our 18 piece series on the Apprenticeship Levy. So far, we’ve explored what the Apprenticeship Levy is, who’s eligible for contributions and who has access to the funds. In this piece, we’re going to be expanding on the last point and asking how Apprenticeship Levy funds can be spent. Can they be used to pay wages or cover travel costs? Can they be used to set up an apprenticeship programme or fund apprentices from existing programmes? These are all common questions, so let’s break things down.  

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How to calculate the Apprenticeship Levy

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 22, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Oliver Simpson posted in Apprenticeship Levy

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This is the third article in our 18 part series on the Apprenticeship Levy. In our last post, we talked about whether or not it’s okay to use levy funds to train existing staff and what processes are involved.

This time, we’re turning our focus to the fund itself and how it’s generated. If you're eligible to pay into the levy, how is your contribution calculated? And how much of the fund will your business have access to? If you’re not paying into the fund you may still have access to levy funds, but how does that work? 

 

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Can the Apprenticeship Levy be used for existing staff?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 15, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Oliver Simpson posted in Apprenticeship Levy

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This is the second article in our 18 part series on the Apprenticeship Levy. In our first post we talked about the levy in general, how it is calculated and what it means for employers. In this article, we’ll be paying particular attention to employers who aren’t quite ready to hire new staff and want to learn whether or not they can use levy funds to train their existing employees.

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What is the Apprenticeship Levy?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 8, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Oliver Simpson posted in Apprenticeship Levy

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This is the first article in an 18 part series on the Apprenticeship Levy. In this series we’ll be exploring what the Apprenticeship Levy means for employers, looking at everything from how the levy is calculated and who has to pay it, to what it can be spent on and how it can be used strategically. However, we’re going to begin the series by asking the most basic of questions to set the scene - what is the Apprenticeship Levy and where did it come from?

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Why it’s important to not get too comfortable in your career

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 26, 2018 2:24:16 PM / by Oliver Simpson posted in Apprenticeship Levy

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This is the final post in our twenty-part series on how to accelerate your career in your twenties and this time we’re talking about complacency. Complacency sets in when we allow ourselves to get too comfortable at work and it can sometimes happen without us even realising. In this series of articles we’ve talked about risk-taking, ambition, proactive learning and leadership - all of which boil down to this idea of not letting ourselves get too comfortable.

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How constant learning can help your career

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 20, 2018 12:09:20 PM / by Oliver Simpson posted in Accelerating your career

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This is the nineteenth piece in our twenty-part series on how to accelerate your career in your twenties and this time we’re talking about learning. All the people you look up to in your professional life are likely to have one thing in common - they never stop learning. Just like life itself, your career is a journey. You should always strive to develop your knowledge and acquire new skills, and your twenties are an absolutely perfect time to develop this habit.

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How ambition can help drive your career

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 16, 2018 1:15:00 PM / by Oliver Simpson posted in Accelerating your career

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This is the eighteenth piece in our twenty-part series on how to accelerate your career in your twenties and this time we’re talking about ambition. Picturing where you’d like to see yourself a decade down the line can be a real motivator, particularly during those stressful periods when your workload is high. We all have things that we strive for, and it’s a good idea to start laying the groundwork for those goals early in your career. In fact, laying that groundwork can even help with your day-to-day performance at work.

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How finding the right balance can help your career

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 14, 2018 5:00:00 PM / by Oliver Simpson posted in Accelerating your career

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