Is your business prepared for the apprenticeship levy? Free event in Bristol can help you prepare

Is your business prepared for the apprenticeship levy? Free event in Bristol can help you prepareIs your business prepared for the apprenticeship levy? Free event in Bristol can help you prepare

More than 200 employers from across the region are expected at SGS College, WISE Campus, in Stoke Gifford, Bristol, on Friday, February 10, to ensure they are fully prepared for the major reforms to apprenticeships, which come into effect from April this year.

The apprenticeship reforms will affect employers of all sizes. Large employers, with an annual pay bill over £3m, should already be aware that they will have to pay an apprenticeship levy from April 2017. The event workshops will help employers understand the levy process, and how they can get a return on this mandatory investment.

Smaller and medium sized employers are also affected by the apprenticeship reforms, which include new incentives and a new funding system to engage in apprenticeships. Bespoke workshops will ensure all types of employer are catered for, including the public sector where special rules apply.

Employers are in good hands with SGS College, which achieved the highest score of any college nationally in the 2016 FE Choices Employer Satisfaction Survey, scoring 99.5 per cent satisfaction rate.

Staff celebrate a great result in the FE Choices Employer Satisfaction Survey

More than 60,000 employers gave their views, allowing an insight into the experience they have had with their local college in terms to quality of training and responsiveness received.

SGS College works with many regional employers, including South Gloucestershire Council, the Ministry of Defence, Boeing, Coutts Bank, Bristol City Council and CF Roberts.

Sara-Jane Watkins, Principal of SGS College, commented: “The college now delivers training for more than 1,000 employers and we are thrilled to be able to host this important event. The information being presented will be vital for all employers engaged in, or considering, apprenticeships to ensure they are prepared for the major reforms from April 2017.”

Sara-Jane Watkins, Principal of SGS College

The Apprenticeship Reforms Event is run in collaboration with some of the region’s largest apprenticeship providers, including SGS College, City of Bristol College, the South West Apprenticeship Company and the Western Training Provider Network, to ensure it reaches as many employers as possible.

This free event will run from 9.30 – 12.30, and places can be booked here.

SGS WISE Campus is within close proximity to the M4/M5 interchange and a shuttle bus service will run from Bristol Parkway station.

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