The Governments Apprenticeship Levy has left many businesses struggling to understand some of its detail, with others still unsure of how to secure the best value return. However, for many local and national employers, this is now a thing of the past, thanks to the Apprenticeship Experts at Eastleigh College.
As a result of the College's extensive work with over 4,000 employers nationally, Eastleigh Colleges’ Apprenticeship Experts have been able to identify a holistic package of services for Levy employers, allowing them to focus on business as usual.
Local employer Blake Morgan were one of the first companies to enlist the help of Eastleigh College in utilising their Levy funds and already have a number of staff training through this scheme. When commenting on the support offered by the College, Siobhan Clarke, Graduate Recruitment and Development Officer at Blake Morgan noted, “We love working with Eastleigh College and have a fantastic partnership with them, which spans five of our six offices, allowing our training programmes to remain consistent. Through the College's extensive partner network, we can continue to provide training through local providers, but with the College as our single point of contact, which adds real convenience on our part.
As a company we had a good understanding of the Levy, but still see immense value in working with the College. Joint working in this way has allowed us to be in a position to deliver the new Paralegal Apprenticeship together in the coming months.”
Complimentary services offered by the Apprenticeship Experts include, the creation of a 24-month training plan, to ensure funds are effectively utilised month-by-month, a dedicated Account Manager, who will provide monthly progress updates, as well as the option to setup your digital account and managing its transactions.
Alongside the administration support, the College also works with the strategic priorities of the organisation, to ensure that any training needs suit the long-term talent requirements of the business, embedding apprenticeships into existing programmes, where required.
Matt Phelps, Vice Principal – Commercial at Eastleigh College, puts this success down to the College's extensive experience in this field. “Training over 9,000 apprentices annually and being a Levy payer too, has been instrumental in our progress with this policy change. We are also extremely lucky to have a wealth of expertise within our four walls, which is why we’re proud to call ourselves the Apprenticeship Experts!”
To find out more about the wide variety of Apprenticeships and Technical and Professional courses on offer, or how the College can support you with the Apprenticeship Levy please email email@example.com or call 023 8091 1195.
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