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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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Why is investing in learning and development good for business?

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 21, 2017 9:55:55 AM / by Chris Ash posted in Apprenticeship Levy, Leadership & Management

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May 1st 2017 brings great new opportunities for employers looking to invest in their workforce.  I was recently asked to talk on a local radio station in the Sheffield Region to talk about the benefits of learning & development and apprenticeships to employers.  The questions and responses are below...

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It's a rollercoaster ride in apprenticeship 'levy' land

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 6, 2017 1:00:00 PM / by Chris Ash posted in Apprenticeship Levy

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Having been to various events and held many meetings over the last few weeks it's time to share some of the frightening comments and positive experiences I've had around the apprenticeship levy from both training providers and employers. Hopefully this helps inform some of your thinking and planning now we're in apprenticeship levy land.

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Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 13, 2017 10:56:23 PM / by Chris Ash posted in Apprenticeship Levy, Leadership & Management

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RESULTS ANNOUNCED

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How to use the Apprenticeship Service

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 3, 2017 4:12:50 PM / by Chris Ash posted in Apprenticeship Levy

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Top tips for approaching the apprenticeship levy

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 14, 2017 10:27:29 AM / by Chris Ash posted in Apprenticeship Levy

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Registration is now open for the apprenticeship service

 The much-awaited digital apprenticeship service is now open for registration. If you are a large employer with a wage bill of over £3 million a year you should register now.

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How much will the apprenticeship levy cost?

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 24, 2016 6:44:00 PM / by Chris Ash posted in Apprenticeship Levy

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Last time we talked about the digital apprenticeship service and how you need to start planning now. If you have not already used the free planning tool provided by BIS then I strongly recommend that you do so in conjunction with this post. If you need help with this please feel free to let me know once you’ve finished reading.

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The Digital Apprenticeship Service

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 1, 2016 4:40:00 PM / by Chris Ash posted in Apprenticeship Levy

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As a levy paying employer you will need to register for the digital apprenticeship service in order to manage and essentially spend the apprenticeship levy funds and the 10% Government top up. Whilst it is not possible yet to register, it is possible to start to think about and plan how you will manage this process.

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Getting the best business value from your Apprenticeship Levy spend

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 4, 2016 4:03:00 PM / by Chris Ash posted in Apprenticeship Levy

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 You’ve started paying your levy via HMRC and have funds building up in your Digital Service apprentice account:  What next? 

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What is the Apprenticeship Levy?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 30, 2016 10:50:18 AM / by Chris Ash posted in Apprenticeship Levy

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The greatest shake up of Apprenticeships and how they are funded in England is fast approaching. Consultations with employers and the education sector have taken place, education ministers and even Prime Ministers have come and gone -  it is full steam ahead with Apprenticeship reform. 

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