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
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.
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.
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.
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.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to training costs and budget.