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
Apprenticeships are changing, with a levy for large employers now in place. We round up our resources on the apprenticeship levy, including a new "How to" guide on employing an apprentice under the new rules and a revised model apprenticeship agreement that takes account of the changes.
New Regulations requiring companies with a wage bill of more than £3 million to pay an apprenticeship levy come into force today.
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.
The Government's flagship apprenticeships policies, including the apprenticeship levy that comes into force next week, lack focus and will not fill widening skills gaps, MPs have concluded.
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.
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.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to training costs and budget.