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Can you choose who you spend the Apprenticeship Levy with?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Oliver Simpson posted in Apprenticeship Levy

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This is the 15th article in our 18 part series on the Apprenticeship Levy. Along the way, we’ve uncovered everything there is to learn about the levy, including who’s eligible to pay, who has access to the fund, and the various ways in which it can benefit businesses of all sizes. Having access to something like the Apprenticeship Levy is a huge boon to businesses and they’re glad to have it, but not a lot businesses are aware of the various ways in which the levy can be utilised. One of the most common questions on the Internet at the moment is, “Can I choose who I spend the Levy with?” and the answer, to a certain extent, is yes - but there are rules you need to be mindful of. 

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Can the Apprenticeship Levy be spent on graduates?

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 30, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Oliver Simpson posted in Apprenticeship Levy

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Welcome to the 14th post in our 18 part series on the Apprenticeship Levy. Throughout the series we’ve covered everything employers and apprenticeship candidates could possibly need to know about the levy, including how it works, who’s eligible and what you can do with your funds. Though the levy scheme itself was launched in 2017, many employers still have questions about how they can best utilise their allocated funds. One of the questions we’ve noticed crop up time and time again, is whether or not the Apprenticeship Levy can be spent on graduate development. The short answer is yes, but there are some fundamental differences to traditional graduate programmes. 

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Is there an Apprenticeship Levy age limit?

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 23, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Oliver Simpson posted in Apprenticeship Levy

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This is article number 13 in our 18 part series on the Apprenticeship Levy. We’ve talked in-depth about all aspects of the levy throughout this series, covering everything from contributions and eligibility, right through to how the funds can be used and what apprentices should expect. Since the Apprenticeship Levy was first launched in April 2017, it’s made apprenticeships more accessible to all and actively encouraged businesses to tap into apprenticeships as a way of improving or expanding their workforce. One of the most common questions people ask about the levy is whether or not there are any age restrictions. Far from being a restriction, this is actually one of the ways in which the Apprenticeship Levy truly shines.
 

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Does the Apprenticeship Levy apply in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 16, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Oliver Simpson posted in Apprenticeship Levy

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Welcome to the twelfth article in our 18 part series on the Apprenticeship Levy. Throughout this series, we’re breaking down the myths surrounding the levy and explaining, post by post, how it could benefit businesses of all sizes throughout the UK. Over the past few weeks, we’ve explored who is eligible to contribute to the levy, which businesses are entitled to use the funds and how those funds can be spent.

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The importance of listening in work

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 14, 2019 1:20:15 PM / by Simon Taylor posted in Leadership & Management

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All too often I hear or overhear a generic complaint in organisations across all staff in that they feel they are not ‘listened to’, ‘not heard’ or ‘there’s no point in saying anything as nothing ever changes anyway’. It is a common ‘gripe’ and actually comes out of the communication brand of ‘gripes’ that exist in all walks of life and across all organisations. Even in organisations that claim they have got communication nailed, it all too often rears its head as an issue.

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Do the summer months affect productivity?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 26, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Simon Taylor posted in Leadership & Management

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As I’m sitting here writing this article, it’s cloudy and wet outside and has been all week, as we have a yellow weather warning for the East Midlands that will continue into the weekend. However, when it’s gorgeous outside and I’m either in the office or working from my dining table at home, the last thing I want to do is remain cooped up inside and so will procrastinate over the work at hand.

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The key benefits of the Apprenticeship Levy

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 21, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Oliver Simpson posted in Apprenticeship Levy

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This is the eleventh article in our 18 part series on the Apprenticeship Levy. With each post, we’re trying to increase employers’ understanding of the Levy - how they can use it and how it can benefit their business. We’ve been on quite a journey over the past 10 articles, covering everything from eligibility and access, to how the funds can be spent and what can be achieved. While we may have touched on a few of the benefits in previous posts, now feels like a good time to review the key benefits of the Apprenticeship Levy and why it should be on your business’ radar.

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Productivity growth is slowing as Brexit bites

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 19, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Simon Taylor

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Economists regard productivity gains as the most important driver of rising living standards over the long term. However there are ongoing fears that Brexit will be sapping the strength of the UK economy over the next decade. A key measure of growth in the economy is 'output per hour of work' and this slumped in 2018 according to the figures, as the UK managed only a quarter of the rate of productivity growth seen before the financial crisis.

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Marketing research & audience profiles

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 14, 2019 2:14:14 PM / by Oliver Simpson

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Here's a recording of our recent webinar 'Marketing research and audience profiles'. We hope you find it useful.

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Making Marketing Measurable

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 14, 2019 1:41:36 PM / by Oliver Simpson posted in Leadership & Management

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Here's a recording of our recent webinar 'Making Marketing Measurable' with Simon and Oliver. We hope you find it useful.

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