Editor's message: Although as an employer you have few specific legal obligations to provide occupational or work-related training for employees (see Training obligations), 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, expected to come 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
XpertHR's latest research looks at the effect of the apprenticeship levy on organisations' approach to employing apprentices. Full survey data is available on XpertHR Benchmarking.
XpertHR's annual survey of training budgets looks at how much employers are spending on learning and development, and at where they will be focusing their training efforts over the coming year.
The latest research from XpertHR finds a degree of optimism about spending on learning and development in the coming year, although once again there is a significant divide between sectors.
The apprenticeship levy marks a significant change from the current system of funding apprenticeships. Our survey examines how employers expect the introduction of the levy to affect their use of apprentices.
New apprenticeship levy for large employers with a pay bill of more than £3 million per year will be payable with effect from 6 April 2017.
Government failure to address inadequacies in careers guidance is "unacceptable", according to the chairs of the Education, Skills and the Economy Committee.
Take part in employment and human resources surveys, check on the progress of recent XpertHR research, and find out what we will be investigating over the coming months.
Under the new policy, young people and apprentices from disadvantaged areas will receive additional funding, and there will be higher bands for apprenticeships in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.
The Government has published its final apprenticeship funding policy, which includes additional funding for young persons and apprentices from disadvantaged areas, and an extended period for large employers to use their apprenticeship funds.
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