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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.