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
We round up our key content on employment law changes that come into effect in April 2017.
The apprenticeship levy, due to take effect on 6 April, could end up being "fairer" to some employers than others or risk failing to achieve its goals, if the Government does not clarify a number of issues.
New apprenticeship levy for large employers with a paybill of more than £3 million per year will be payable with effect from 6 April 2017.
Are you firming up plans for spending your apprenticeship funding once the levy comes in next month? One avenue worth exploring is degree apprenticeships, and training providers can help your organisation test the waters. David Willett, head of propositions at the Open University, explains.
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.
Most of the money raised by the apprenticeship levy will be spent elsewhere, according to analysis published by the Institute of Fiscal Studies.
XpertHR research looks at the recruitment, engagement and retention of young workers.
The Government consults on draft legislation for the calculation and payment, as well as the reporting and recovery of overpayments of the apprenticeship levy.
Significant employment law changes are anticipated for 2017, amid the ongoing uncertainty resulting from the Brexit referendum.
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.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to training costs and budget.