Editor's message: Organisations will benefit from a competitive advantage if they continually develop their workforce – from apprentices through to future business leaders. Attention should be paid to the most appropriate method of learning delivery, and evaluating the outcomes to ensure that the organisation receives value for money and meets business needs.
The Government has introduced the apprenticeship levy, which came into force on 6 April 2017. The levy is designed to give employers a greater incentive to take on apprentices and to put investment in apprenticeships on a sustainable footing for the long term.
Rachel Sharp, HR practice editor
Roles open to apprentices have grown by almost a fifth, vastly outstripping growth in graduate jobs.
One quarter (24%) of women on maternity leave are not offered the same training opportunities as their colleagues, according to research published by digital learning provider Avado.
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Apprenticeships are changing, with a levy for large employers now in place. We round up our resources on the apprenticeship levy, including a "How to" guide on employing an apprentice under the new rules, a revised model apprenticeship agreement and new example letters to use at the conclusion of an apprenticeship.
XpertHR is carrying out research into organisations' priorities for learning and development in the year ahead and how their investment in this function is changing.
Updated to include information on the FCA's policy statement on the implementation of MiFID II.
Some of the best, but also the worst, leadership behaviours spread contagiously through a business, because people are most heavily influenced by the colleagues they work with most.
Transitioning from post-industrial skills to digital competence must be a strategic priority for every organisation, says Diego Martinez from cut-e.
It found that 54% of levy-paying organisations have already accessed their "levy pot" of funding, towards which they pay a portion of payroll each month via PAYE, while 25% plan to.
It has been a stormy ride for Theresa May's premiership so far. Could honing her leadership skills as a successful business leader ensure her a smoother term of office? Anne Watson from In Touch Networks looks at five attributes the Prime Minister needs to demonstrate.
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