Editor's message: Organisations will benefit from a competitive advantage if they develop their workforce – from apprentices through to future business leaders.
Access to learning and development opportunities not only enables employees to improve their knowledge and skills, but can also increase their engagement. It can also be a useful tool in retaining staff in a time of skills shortages and a strong labour market.
Investing in learning and development to remain competitive, or to implement a specific initiative such as a programme of leadership development, are key reasons for organisations to increase spending in this area. For organisations seeking to cut back on training spend, there are alternatives to simply reducing the output of their training activities - including making more use of online and informal learning methods.
Whatever the learning and development initiative, don't forget to pay attention to the most appropriate method of learning delivery, and evaluate the outcomes to ensure that your organisation receives value for money and meets business needs.
Rachel Sharp, HR practice editor
The number of people beginning an apprenticeship fell by almost a quarter (24%) in the first six months of the academic year.
Employers stand accused of rebranding existing low-skilled roles as apprenticeships in order to make use of funding available through the apprenticeship levy.
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More than £1bn in apprenticeship funding available through the apprenticeship levy has not been used - and employers have just one year left to spend it.
The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has raised concerns that the Government is being too slow to publish guidance on off-the-job training requirements for apprenticeships.
Almost all NHS trusts in England plan to use their apprenticeship levy training fund, but would like more flexibility over how it could be spent.
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The Government consults on changes to the rules on tax relief for employers that reimburse employees who have paid for work training themselves.
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