Editor's message: Although as an employer you have few specific legal obligations to provide training for employees, most organisations see the business benefits of doing so. Induction and other forms of on-the-job training will help new recruits and promoted employees to get up to speed in their role, and organisations also need to develop the skills and capabilities of their workforce to remain competitive.
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
Theresa May launched the Conservative Party's 2017 election manifesto, and for HR and employers there are no big surprises. Having already laid out her plans on workers' rights earlier this week, and with many policies announced over the past year, there is not much we didn't already know. But, as is likely in any 88-page document, there are a few items of interest that may not already be on your radar.
In this week's podcast, we give an overview of the apprenticeships system, focusing on the situation for employers in England.
Apprenticeships are changing, with a levy for large employers now in place. We round up our resources on the apprenticeship levy, including a new "How to" guide on employing an apprentice under the new rules and a revised model apprenticeship agreement that takes account of the changes.
Sickness absence continues to present a major challenge for employers, with latest figures putting the median cost of absence at £455 per employee, per year. We look at how employers are training line managers to help tackle this important issue.
Updated to reflect FCA changes to the appropriate qualification requirements.
Revised to reflect the introduction of the apprenticeship levy and the move away from apprenticeship "frameworks" towards apprenticeship "standards".
New Regulations requiring companies with a wage bill of more than £3 million to pay an apprenticeship levy come into force today.
Practical guidance on employing an apprentice in England, including the apprenticeship levy and the funding of apprenticeships; apprenticeship standards and frameworks; selecting a training provider; and recruiting an apprentice.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to training and development.