Bucks unravels the world of apprenticeships


Date: 11th Jan 2018

Bucks New University is holding an event to help employers better understand the new world of apprenticeships and the levy.

The apprenticeship levy, which was introduced in April last year, is paid by employers in any sector with a pay bill of more than £3million per year.Apprenticeship levy

Those employers can use their apprenticeship levy funds to access degree apprenticeships, from higher education like Bucks, to develop their workforce.

Alexander Balicki, Business Development Manager (Apprenticeships) at Bucks New University, said: “Statistics released by the Department for Education at the end of last year showed that just over half of those paying into the levy have signed up to use it.

“We hope that our event will demystify the new world of higher and degree apprenticeships, but also help employers understand the benefits that high-quality training and the levy can bring.”

The ‘Maximising Higher and Degree Apprenticeships’ event on 17 January will be held at the university’s sister-campus Missenden Abbey, in Great Missenden.

It will focus on supporting businesses build an apprenticeship strategy and there will be a range of keynote speakers including:

  • Professor Rebecca Bunting, Vice-Chancellor at Bucks New University – ‘The skills gaps you should already be planning for’
  • Jas Sandhu, HE Relationship Manager, Chartered Management Institute – ‘The importance of developing your managers’
  • Greta Paa-Kerner, Principal Lecturer & IMBA Course Leader, Bucks New University - ‘Apprenticeship programme planning - making the time out of the business work’
  • David Hilliard, former Learning and Development Manager at Knorr-Bremse - ‘How to get employee buy-in when promoting Apprenticeships’
  • Mark N Morton, Employment Taxes Director, & Grant Thornton UK LLP – ‘Our approach to higher level apprenticeship training’

Throughout the event there will be opportunities to discuss best practice for those who are already using their levy fund and for those deciding how to spend the levy.

This event is free of charge with refreshments provided on arrival.

There will be time for networking and questions after the talks.

Bucks New University, based in High Wycombe, is working with the public and private sector to provide a range of Higher and Degree Apprenticeships which provide a flexible route for employers to access the life-changing opportunities that higher education provides.

To book the event or for more information please visit the website.

Or for more information about apprenticeships visit bucks.ac.uk/apprenticeships or call 01296 744202


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