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
Training providers have called on the government to remove the highest and degree level apprenticeships from the scope of funding in order to relieve growing pressures on the apprenticeship levy.
Employers are four times more likely to worry about how their apprentices dress for work than they would about graduates, a survey by the Institute of Student Employers has revealed.
Updated to reflect the Spring Statement 2019 announcement that the reduction in the co-investment rate and the increase in the amount of levy credit that employers can transfer to another employer will come into effect on 1 April 2019.
Most single parents are being locked out of apprenticeships because of a lack of part-time opportunities and the difficulty of supporting children with such low pay.
The government is unlikely to reach its target of 3 million new apprenticeships by 2020 and there are "concerns about the programme's long-term sustainability", according to a damning report from the National Audit Office.
The UK needs to develop a national skills policy if it is to tackle its productivity problems, according to a report on workforce development.
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Updated to include information on a new re-evaluation test for retail investment advisers.
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