Learning and development 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

  • More than half of apprenticeship levy payers make use of funding, says Open University

    Date:
    6 July 2017
    Type:
    News

    It found that 54% of levy-paying organisations have already accessed their "levy pot" of funding, towards which they pay a portion of payroll each month via PAYE, while 25% plan to.

  • Webinar: Making the most of apprenticeships

    Date:
    21 June 2017
    Type:
    Audio and video

    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.

  • Apprenticeship levy

    Date:
    21 June 2017
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    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.

  • PPMA president: What the public sector needs from the next Government

    Date:
    9 June 2017
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    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.

  • Apprenticeship agreement

    Type:
    Policies and documents

    Revised to reflect the introduction of the apprenticeship levy and the move away from apprenticeship "frameworks" towards apprenticeship "standards".

  • Apprenticeship levy comes into force

    Date:
    6 April 2017
    Type:
    News

    New Regulations requiring companies with a wage bill of more than £3 million to pay an apprenticeship levy come into force today.

  • How to employ an apprentice

    Type:
    How to

    Practical guidance on employing an apprentice in England, including the apprenticeship levy and the funding of apprenticeships; apprenticeship standards and frameworks; selecting a training provider; and recruiting an apprentice.

  • Type:
    Legal timetable

    An apprenticeship levy on large employers for the purpose of funding apprenticeships is introduced.

  • What is the apprenticeship levy?

    Type:
    FAQs

  • How will an employer be able to access funding from the apprenticeship levy?

    Type:
    FAQs