Editor's message: Although as an employer you have few specific legal obligations to provide occupational or work-related 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 various initiatives to encourage employers to educate and train their employees. The apprenticeship levy, which came into force on 6 April 2017, 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
For the past three decades, employers have advertised roles requiring candidates to have a certain number of GCSEs at "grade C or above". But is all that about to change to "grade 4 or above"? We provide a crash course on GCSE reform from an employer's perspective.
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.