New Reservation Funding 2021-22
This may be of interest to smaller employers in your supply chain. From 1 April 2021, the ESFA are making updates to the reservation of funds for employers who do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy. This change will enable employers to recruit additional apprentices and provide them with greater flexibility and reassurance when planning their apprenticeship programmes.
Employers can make up to 10 new reservations
From 1 April 2021, the ESFA will reset reservation levels for employers who do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy. This will enable employers to make up to 10 new reservations to fund new apprenticeship starts in the financial year 2021-22.
The number of reservations used by employers who do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy will continue to be monitored, and will be kept under review.
Funds transferred from employers who pay the levy to other employers through the apprenticeship service are not included when measuring the number of reservations.
Employers who do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy can reserve funds for training and assessment in the ‘finance’ section of their apprenticeship service account. They can also give training providers permission to do this on their behalf.
Employers can reserve funds up to 6 months in advance
From 1 April 2021, The ESFA are extending the reservation period for employers who do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy from 3 to 6 months. This means that from 1 April, these employers will be able to reserve funds up to 6 months before an apprenticeship is planned to start.
Incentive Payments for New Hires
The Government have made new announcements regarding the incentives offered to employers for hiring new apprentices:
Phase 1: Application window extension
The application window for incentive payments has been extended for new apprentices who joined organisations between 1 August 2020 and 31 March 2021.
Employers can now apply for these apprentices until 31 May 2021. This is the application window that has been extended. Starts would have still needed to have been hired before the end of March.
Phase 2: Incentive payments increase
To support employers, incentive payments for apprentices taken on as new employees from 1 April are increasing.
Employers will receive £3,000 for new employees of any age who start their apprenticeship from 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021.
New qualification launch - Improvement Level 3 and 4
We are also excited to announce that we are launching two new apprenticeship standards this month; Improvement Technician at Level 3 and Improvement Practitioner at Level 4.
More information on these two standards can be found on our course page.
Full apprenticeship funding available for employers in Hampshire
Hampshire County Council have agreed to pass on some of their apprenticeship levy budget to Hampshire employers via Fareport. This means you can train new or existing staff without making the mandatory 5% employer contribution.
The funding is open to all apprenticeship courses offered by Fareport, and it can also run alongside these additional incentives announced by the chancellor:
An incentive payment will be made to employers who hire a new apprentice between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021.
There will be two levels of payment based on age:
For apprentices aged 16-24 the payment will be £2,000
For apprentices aged 25 or over the payment will be £1,500
These payments are in addition to the £1000 you can already receive for training a new or existing 16-18 year old.
If you are a small or medium sized employer with staff who live OR work in Hampshire please get in touch. This opportunity is limited and is on a first come, first saved basis. Contact Us or view our range of Courses that can be fully funded.
Congratulations to our graduating apprentices at the East of England Co-Op!
The East of England Co-Op held a graduation ceremony to celebrate their Team Managers who have completed their Level 3 Retail Team Leader Apprenticeship. Hear what the learners had to say about their programme in their graduation speeches:
"Thanks to the apprenticeship not only have I got my foot onto the career ladder but I have also gained life skills.
A year ago I couldn't imagine standing here talking to you all. But I've built up my communication and confidence thanks to the apprenticeship. I'd like to thank all those involved in getting me here".
"My biggest challenge I faced before the apprenticeship was trying to become a good team manager. Out of luck and good timing the team leader apprenticeship arose and I instantly jumped at the chance to apply which helped me to do the job role and learn it. This lead to me not just working in 1 store but covering many other stores for all different reasons.
I have gained a huge amount of knowledge doing this apprenticeship on things such as the retail systems, how to handle all situations, store patterns like who does what, when things are done, why they’re done and so on.
I would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone for making the team leader apprenticeship happen.
The Results Are In!
The results are in from the 16/17 Learner Satisfaction Survey are in and Fareport has received a whopping 90% Learner Approval Rating!
This puts Fareport in the Top Ten of all 556 providers in the country!
We would like to thank all Fareport's staff and learners for their continued hard work and support.
Apprenticeships at The East of England Co-op
Following a successful pilot, the largest independent retailer in the region, the East of England Co-op, are excited to be launching an Apprenticeship scheme across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire, to help develop and retain local talent. Click here for more information.
Theo Paphitis Retail Group
The Theo Paphitis Retail Group (TPRG) has been recognised in the Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list as announced at the National Apprenticeship Awards. The annual list identifies excellence in businesses that employ apprentices and it is a great honour to be selected. It is a reflection on the hard work of the staff in TPRG, the staff here at Fareport Training, as the training provider for TPRG and all of the apprentices. To find out more click here
Ruth Cole - Project Manager - Fareport Training
Sandra Dearling - Group Head of Learning & Development - Theo Paphitis Retail Group
The top 100 Apprenticeship Employers.
#GetInGoFar campaign highlights achievement of local apprentices
In 2014-2015 2,560 apprenticeship starts were made in the Gosport constituency, which was the 3rd highest number of starts amongst all other English constituencies. Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage launched an Inspiring Apprentices campaign, drawing attention to the immense value of apprenticeships in the Gosport area. Caroline has been publishing inspiring biographies of current Gosport apprentices to highlight the diverse and rewarding work taking place.
On the 24th of October two more inspiring apprentices from Gosport are being profiled as a part of local MP Caroline Dinenage’s #GetInGoFar campaign.
Hannah Bentley, 40, started a Level 5 apprenticeship last October. She is now the manager of Redclyffe House Learning Disabilities Home in Gosport and was proud to oversee a good in all areas CQC inspection.
Matthew Close, 19, is a warehouse operative in Gosport, completing a warehousing NVQ. He reports how this apprenticeship has taught him the skills of using a fork lift, palletising and other warehousing jobs, so he is ready to be a supervisor.
Commenting, Caroline said:
“Hannah and Matthew are doing two very different apprenticeships, but both are gaining the specialised skills they need to add value to the organisation for which they work. As a former business owner myself, I know how important it is to have staff experienced and trained to provide the services you need. This brings huge benefits to the business and offers the apprentices great opportunities for career progression."
On the 31st of October another Fareport apprentice has also been recognised for their hard work:
Samantha Buckley, 26, has completed a Business Administration Diploma whilst workingas a Receptionist at Alver Vets in Gosport "I chose an apprenticeship to help enhance my business admin skills within my receptionist role. It will benefit me and the company. It will also help to develop my skills for future progression. I would recommend an apprenticeship to anyone because you can earn as you learn! It is hands on and not just sitting in a class room stuck in a text book."
You can read Hannah, Matthew's, Samantha's and other Fareport Apprentice biographies in full, here:
Massive Fareport congratulations go out to our lead care assessor, Zoe Little, who has recently qualified as an IQA.
Another round of congratulations go to Jo Jackson who has recently qualified as a Care Assessor.
Theo Paphitis Retail Group wins at National Apprenticeship Awards
Congratulations to Theo Paphitis Retail Group who were Highly Commended in the Rolls-Royce Award for Newcomer Large Employer Category at the National Apprenticeships Awards 2016, supported by Fareport Training to deliver the apprenticeships accross TPRG.
The National Apprenticeship Service challenged the nation's top apprenticeship employers to come forward and show how apprenticeships have made a real difference to them. Now in their thirteenth year, the National Apprenticeship Awards are an opportunity to highlight the many success stories and the benefits of apprentieships.
Collecting the Award for Highly Commended in the Newcomer Large Employer Category:
Sandra Dearling - Group Head of Learning & Development - Theo Paphitis Retail Group
Zena Cala - Head of National Accounts - National Apprenticeship Service
Ruth Cole - Project Manager - Fareport Training
Fareport Training awarded Quality Mark by National Skills Academy for Health
The Quality Mark is awarded to healthcare employers and training providers that are delivering outstanding training for the health sector. It provides a robust process for measuring the quality of training and learning and allows organisations to benchmark their provision against a recognised audit standard.
Marinos Paphitis, Chairman of Fareport Training, said: “Fareport Training are delighted to have been awarded the Quality Mark for the high quality training we provide across the health sector.
“This reflects the excellent work done by all the team at Fareport in constantly striving to maintain our reputation as the training provider of choice for local employers and in maintaining our ‘Outstanding’ status.”
Fareport Training’s Quality Mark assessment report stated that: “Throughout the assessment process Fareport staff and learners demonstrated the values that underpin person-centred approaches… Observations of teaching showed that learners are at the heart of thinking and planning and the individual needs, wishes and preferences of learners are considered by all at Fareport.”
Candace Miller presents Fareport Training’s Quality Mark award to Jodie Clark, Care Team Manager; Zoe Little, Lead Learning and Development Coordinator; and Ruth Cole, Quality, Practice and Policies Manager.
Solent Leadership Academy Set to Develop Future Managers in the Solent Region
A new management training provision, The Solent Leadership Academy, is being launched this month as part of a joint venture between Fareham College and Fareport Training Organisation.
The initiative, supported by the Solent LEP, aims to raise the skill levels of managers in the Solent area through the provision of work-based training supplemented by regular master classes covering a range of management topics. Planned to run over two years, the initiative is designed to increase the proportion of local managers with a Level 4 and 5 Leadership and Management qualification, with training aimed at supervisors and middle managers who are looking to develop their skills in order to prepare for senior management roles.
As stated in the LEP skills strategy, leadership and management skills strongly correlate to business growth and success and play a significant role in influencing employee performance and enhancing business competitiveness. Evidence shows that investment in leadership and management has a positive impact on bottom line business performance. The Solent Leadership Academy, partly funded by the Solent LEP, delivers training through a higher apprenticeship model, providing a highly cost effective solution for local employers to support their workforce in achieving this objective.
Principal of Fareham College, Nigel Duncan says:
“Investing in developing the management skills of the work force is a key way of ensuring the future success of business. The qualifications offered by the Solent Leadership Academy are designed to provide clear, measurable benefits to career-minded professionals who are looking to progress and take on greater responsibility, and offers businesses a cost-effective way to develop a highly qualified, ambitious work force that will undoubtedly lead to overall business improvement and increased productivity.”
As well as delivering qualifications to enhance individual and business prospects, the Leadership Academy aims to provide highly flexible training to coincide with the requirements of both employers and learners. Learning is primarily work based, with regular support provided by tutors via an e-portfolio and regular visits to meet with the learner and devise an action plan for the completion of evidence-based assignments – all assignments relate directly to the application of management principles to the learner’s current working practice for maximum benefit to their immediate role and organisation.
Marinos Paphitis, Chairman of Fareport Training Organisation, says:
“Managers who undertake this training will develop core management techniques to drive better results, become more proficient in their ability to lead, motivate, inspire and develop the skills for strategic leadership as well as day-to-management. Applicable to any sector or industry, this training is ideal for those already working in a managerial role and looking to consolidate their experience into a recognised qualification to increase their prospects and contribution to business.”
Recruit an Apprentice today and you could be entitled to a grant of up to £1500.
We have received confirmation that Ministers and HM Treasury have formally agreed the following package of reforms for the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers:
1. Pay the employers the full amount of £1500 13 weeks after the apprentice starts, instead of two instalments of £750 at weeks 8 and 52.
2. Extend the scheme to mid-sized businesses with up to 1000 employees, with the proviso that at least 50% of the grants (20,000 of the 40,000 grants available) should still be targeted at SMEs (companies employing no more than 250 employees).
3. Increase the number of grants a single employer can claim to 10, up from the current limit of three.
4. Relax the rule informally known as the "3 year rule" so that an employer will be eligible for AGE if they have not employed an apprentice in the last 12 months.
The Levy is coming
In the budget of July 2015, the Chancellor announced that the government would introduce an Apprentice levy for large employers to fund the Apprenticeship programme in the UK. We will keep you up to date as more details are released. if you would like to speak to us about levy and how it will impact your business please get in touch.
The National Minimum Wage for apprentices within the first year of their Apprenticeship has increased to £3.30 per hour.
Apprenticeships: Benefits to Your Business (Skills Funding Agency, 2014)
Apprenticeships deliver real returns to your business, helping to improve productivity and competitiveness. More than 100,000 businesses, in over 160,000 workplaces, currently use apprenticeships to attract new talent, re-skill existing staff and tackle skill shortages. If you are interested in employing an apprentice, please visit the Business is Great website.
This contains information and helpful resources for businesses new to apprenticeships or looking to develop an existing programme.
Why not recruit an Apprentice this year?
An Apprentice can help support your business needs, whether it be in Business Administration, Childcare or Health & Social Care. Fareport can help to recruit and support an Apprentice whilst they are undertaking a Nationally Recognised Qualification. Unlike other providers, we work on a roll on, roll off basis therefore you do not need to wait until September to begin your search for an Apprentice. You can start as early as next week. For more information on how an Apprentice can help you please contact us on 01329 825805 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org