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
We provide guidance on how you can maximise the opportunities apprenticeships create - regardless of whether your organisation is paying the apprenticeship levy or already operates an apprenticeship scheme.
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.
A model letter offering permanent employment to an apprentice whose apprenticeship is coming to an end.
A model letter to invite an apprentice whose apprenticeship is coming to an end to an informal meeting to discuss practical issues and the parties' intentions.
A model letter to confirm what has been discussed at an informal meeting with an apprentice whose apprenticeship is coming to an end.
Caroline Nugent is the new president of the Public Services People Managers' Association (PPMA). Here, she puts forward the key areas in the public sector she feels the new Government should focus on.
Gloria Moss, professor of management and marketing at Buckinghamshire New University, examines the leadership styles of Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May.
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.
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.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to learning and development.