Registration open for online apprenticeship service in UK
The Department for Education and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) are encouraging large employers to sign up and register for the apprenticeship service, in readiness for the launch of the apprenticeship levy on April 6, 2017.
The apprenticeship service is an online digital system that has been set up to support the apprenticeship levy.
The levy will require employers, with a wage bill of over £3 million a year, to pay 0.5% of their wage bill into the apprenticeship service, to encourage them to invest into apprentices.
The online service then allows those employers to financially manage their apprenticeship programme and help them to estimate their financial spend and recruit apprentices through their training providers.
Sue Husband, director of the National Apprenticeship Service said: "The apprenticeship levy will come into effect in April 2017 to put apprenticeship funding on a sustainable footing and fund growth in the apprenticeship programme.
"Employers have told us that they want to be in control of their apprenticeship programme and funding.
"They want to manage it quickly and easily, so we have designed the apprenticeship service to do just that." ■