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
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The Government consults on proposals relating to the calculation, payment and recovery of overpayments of the apprenticeship levy.
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XpertHR is carrying out research into the size of learning and development budgets and the priorities for spending in this area, and would welcome your assistance.
The Department for Education has revealed its proposals on how funding for apprenticeships will work after the apprenticeship levy comes into force in April 2017.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to training costs and budget.