Training costs and budget

Rachel Sharp Editor's message: Many organisations set a specific budget for learning and development activities, but the amount they spend varies widely. There has been particular pressure on training budgets in the public sector, despite these organisations needing to innovate and transform the way they deliver public services.

For organisations seeking to cut back their training spend, there are alternatives to simply reducing the output of their training activities or the number of staff - including making more use of online and informal learning methods.

Rachel Sharp, HR practice editor

New and updated

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    Date:
    20 March 2017
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    We round up our key content on employment law changes that come into effect in April 2017.

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    Date:
    10 March 2017
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

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    Date:
    9 March 2017
    Type:
    Editor's choice

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  • Date:
    6 March 2017
    Type:
    Legal guidance

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  • Employers can now register for online apprenticeship service

    Date:
    15 February 2017
    Type:
    News

    The Government's online apprenticeship service has now launched, meaning employers eligible to pay the upcoming apprenticeship levy can register their details and estimate what they will have to pay.

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    Date:
    31 January 2017
    Type:
    News

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    Date:
    23 January 2017
    Type:
    Survey analysis

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  • Consultation on draft legislation for the apprenticeship levy

    Date:
    15 December 2016
    Type:
    Consultations

    The Government consults on draft legislation for the calculation and payment, as well as the reporting and recovery of overpayments of the apprenticeship levy.

  • Date:
    8 December 2016
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    Significant employment law changes are anticipated for 2017, amid the ongoing uncertainty resulting from the Brexit referendum.

  • Learning and development survey 2016: training budgets and priorities

    Date:
    15 November 2016
    Type:
    Survey analysis

    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.