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When do your Apprenticeship Levy funds expire?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 31, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Oliver Simpson posted in Apprenticeship Levy

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This is the eighth article in our 18 part series on the Apprenticeship Levy. The UK Government launched the levy programme back in 2016 in a bid to create 3 million new apprenticeships by the year 2020. It’s a fantastic way for employers to fund apprenticeships and grow their teams, but many firms are still a little unclear on what the levy is, how it works or how it can benefit them. That’s why we’ve put this series of articles together. In recent articles, we’ve talked about who is eligible to contribute, how you can access funds and whether or not the levy can be used to fund in-house training programmes. This time we’re talking about the expiration of levy funds and whether your business needs to be concerned.

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Can you fund your own learning and development programme with the Apprenticeship Levy?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 24, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Oliver Simpson posted in Apprenticeship Levy

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Welcome to the seventh article in our 18 part series on the Apprenticeship Levy. The levy is a new initiative from the Government that aims to create 3 million new apprenticeships by 2020. In recent articles, we’ve talked about who is eligible to contribute to the levy, how smaller businesses can access funds, and how to setup your online portal and start spending money on courses. This time we’re going to be focusing on whether or not it’s possible for you as a business to use levy funds to develop your own learning and development programmes.

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The 10 biggest challenges facing entrepreneurs

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 27, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Simon Taylor posted in Leadership & Management

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Many people dream of owning and running their own business, being their own boss, not being beholden to the whims and fancies of other people or an other organisation generally. Many people never actually take the step and make the dream a reality, whilst others, you just cannot hold back.

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Using Google Lens: What's next for visual search?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 21, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Jack Hawksworth posted in Digital Marketing

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Search is continually evolving. We know this. We know search changes and we know that Google like to keep all of us on our toes in understanding what latest activities lead to hitting that desirable position #1.

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The dark side of emotional intelligence

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 20, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Simon Taylor

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So, you will all have heard of Emotional Intelligence (EI). It’s been around a while now, actually since Daniel Goleman’s 1995 book. However, before this, In 1983, Howard Gardner's Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences introduced the idea that traditional types of intelligence, such as IQ, fail to fully explain cognitive ability.

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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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Strategic planning - Making strategic thinking real

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 6, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Simon Taylor posted in Leadership & Management

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In my last article, I comprehensively worked through the key components of strategic thinking and how it can operate within an organisational context. Of course, strategic thinking goes nowhere without the ability to strategically plan. In other words, put the thinking into action.

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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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Is Voice Search really taking over?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 28, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Jack Hawksworth posted in Digital Marketing

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“Alexa, play my ‘concentration’ playlist", would be something that I might say to my Amazon Echo as I prepare myself to get stuck into some background reading, data finding and thought splurging activities, if I had an Amazon Echo that is. You see, I’m rather sceptical about this development and honestly, this technology. I’m sure it has its uses and benefits for a lot of people, but personally all I find myself doing is trying to make Siri say something funny. Usually it isn’t. When that fails I’ll research some of my favourite people, but how much more can I know about Ryan Gosling?

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