Researching online has shown that apprenticeships are seen as gendered.
Research by Prudential last year found that apprenticeships are believed by many young people (7/10) to provide opportunities more towards males. Due to this belief, parents tend to encourage their sons more than daughters to do an apprenticeship. It is 2018 and female empowerment is as important as ever so we must push our girls to fight for their place in the workplace.
Elwood who is an engineering apprentice describes in a Guardian article (2016) that girls should be told about apprenticeships from an early age. This would help speed up the process of knowing what career you want to have, since young people find this difficult.
The London Apprenticeship fair aims to ensure diversity in apprenticeships in every way so come along on the 31st of May and see for yourself. (SIGN UP)
Read more on this here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/apprenticeships-work-for-women
Thousands of new degree apprenticeships to be created
It has recently been announced that thousands of new degree apprenticeships will be created through multi-million pound development fund.
Universities and colleges across England have been awarded a total of £4.5 million to develop new degree apprenticeships for students starting in September 2017, which are set to open the door to careers in numerous industries from nursing to construction. Degree apprenticeships deliver high-tech and high-level skills and offer an alternative to a traditional degree course, which makes degree apprenticeships highly attractive for employers, universities, and apprentices.
Working in partnership with leading employers, the universities and colleges will offer 5,200 new opportunities for apprentices and their employers in preparation for the introduction of the apprenticeship levy in April 2017.
Read full text: www.gov.uk/government/news/millions-invested-in-degree-apprenticeships
How apprenticeships will be funded
The government has recently (25 October 2016) set out how apprenticeships will be funded as part of the drive to help millions get the skills they need for a successful career and make Britain a country that works for everyone.
The government will continue to work with employers and providers as it introduces the reforms, to help ensure we transform our country’s skills for the benefit of all. The measures announced include more support for younger apprentices and disadvantaged people and more flexibility for employers.
These plans are the first steps in upskilling the nation by giving millions a leg up on the ladder of opportunity to high-quality jobs, and giving employers the skills they desperately need.
Read full text: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-apprenticeship-funding-to-transform-investment-in-skills
Degree apprenticeships are relatively new and have been initially championed by forward-looking universities.
The growing popularity of these apprenticeships is a game changer which sees high quality vocational learning opportunities presenting young people parity of opportunity alongside those who still wish to go down the academic route. Young people are being given a real and meaningful choice for high level learning that can lead to equally rewarding career prospects. If universities, employers and providers work closely in partnership, the potential to respond positively to the growing demand from applicants is enormous and we must not let this opportunity pass to give young people a better choice over their futures.
Full text: http://www.aelp.org.uk/news/aelp-blog/details/degree-apprenticeships-ensuring-a-bright-future-fo/
Apprenticeship Levy draft regulations
Draft regulations that cover how employers will calculate, report, and pay their Apprenticeship Levy liability have been issued by the UK tax authority, HM Revenue and Customs, for consultation.
The Apprenticeship Levy is to be introduced in the UK from April 2017 and will be set at 0.5 percent of an employer's payroll bill. Every employer will receive a GBP15,000 (USD19,500) allowance to offset against the levy, which means that businesses that pay less than GBP3m (USD3.9m) in remuneration (and are not subject to the connected employer rules) will not have to report or pay the Apprenticeship Levy.
The new draft regulations propose that employers will not have to report the levy if they have a total pay bill equal to, or less than GBP2.8m (USD3.6m) in the previous year or if they expect their pay bill to be less than GBP3m in the current year.
They also confirm that the GBP15,000 allowance will operate on a monthly basis, and will accumulate throughout the year, giving an allowance of GBP1,250 a month. Any unused allowance will be carried forward from one month to the next.
Full text can be found here: www.linkedin.com/pulse/draft-regulations-cover-how-employers-calculate-report-mccurdy
Skill Minister covers 90% cost of apprenticeships
Skills minister Robert Halfon announces new incentives for apprenticeships
"Employers in England are being offered an extra £2,000 to take on teenagers, care leavers and those with special education needs as apprentices.
Under the plans, small businesses will be subsidised with 90% of the costs of providing apprenticeships.
Larger firms will be required to contribute 0.5% of their payroll to the new apprenticeships scheme from 2017....Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Robert Halfon said:
"We need to make sure people of all ages and backgrounds have a chance to get on in life. Apprenticeships give young people - especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds - a ladder of opportunity." - BBC
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