World News

Industry news and insights from Europe and around the World

UK News

Latest news and developments in the United Kingdom

Products

Keep up-to-date with the latest new products and technology

Features

General articles, applications and industry analysis

BESA welcomes apprentice funding decision

57977887_s

UK: Contractors’ group BESA has welcomed the confirmation of apprenticeship funding and other measures to help get young people into work.

The UK government yesterday confirmed that employers with fewer than 50 employees will receive 100% of the cost of training apprentices aged between 16 and 18. This will also apply if they take on 19 to 24-year-olds who were in care or 19 to 24-year-olds with an education and health care plan.

The government also confirmed that just 2% of employers will pay into the apprenticeship levy – those with payrolls above £3m– and that the remaining 98% will receive 90% of apprenticeship training costs from May 2017.

“This is the news we have been waiting for,” said Tony Howard, director of training at the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). “Employers need certainty about future funding provision so they can plan their recruitment strategies and this provides welcome reassurance.”

BESA had lobbied for the start date to be brought forward from next May in order to start plugging the widening skills gap across the building engineering sector, but Hoeard said they accepted that it was now important to “get on with the job of creating the next generation of skilled workers”.

Mr Howard also welcomed the fact that particular focus had been placed on STEM apprenticeship frameworks. The funding available for these subjects has been increased to reflect their greater complexity and the need to improve quality.

The government has also simplified the funding model and built in greater flexibility so employers will now have two years to access the funds in their digital training accounts. Employers will also be able to transfer training funds to companies in their supply chains. The new scheme also provides greater flexibility to train those with prior qualifications in a bid to help existing workers develop new skills.

The £60m invested in training apprentices from the poorest areas in the country means up to one third of new apprentices will come from this background, according to Skills Minister Robert Halfon.

“Apprenticeships work,” he added. “The reforms we are rolling out will guarantee support from employers and government.”

Lu-Ve-Sept-2016
Advertisement

He said the apprenticeship levy would “boost our economic productivity, increase our skills base and give millions a leg up on the ladder of opportunity – over 90% of apprentices currently go into work or further training. Making Britain a world leader on apprenticeships is essential if we truly want a country that works for everyone.”

The government has introduced a new register of apprenticeship training providers that requires them to pass quality and financial tests. Those with an ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating for apprenticeship provision will not be eligible to join.

It has also created a guide for employers on how they will pay the levy, access the digital system and pay for apprenticeships in future. This also outlines the 15 bands in the funding system covering different levels and types of apprenticeship with upper limits ranging from £1,500 to £27,000.

Related stories:

https://www.coolingpost.com/uk-news/besa-calls-for-apprentice-funding-now/

 

Latest News

25th February 2024

Home heat pump install for newly-trained engineers

UK: A UK charity is proposing to give newly trained heat pump installers an air-source heat pump to install in their own home.
23rd February 2024

Hoshizaki acquires 25% stake in Fogel

PANAMA: Japanese refrigeration equipment manufacturer Hoshizaki has acquired a 25% stake in Fogel Company Inc, a manufacturer of commercial refrigeration equipment based in Republic of Panama, for US$28m.
22nd February 2024

Large capacity ULT chiller using neon refrigerant

SOUTH KOREA: Researchers claim to have developed a large capacity ultra-low temperature industrial chiller which, in tests, has achieved a 10kW cooling performance at -100℃.
21st February 2024

CCF publishes election manifesto

UK: In a new manifesto ahead of this year’s general election, the Cold Chain Federation (CCF) is calling for future government’s to take action to recognise the industry’s crucial contributions.
21st February 2024

Sanhua extends expansion valve applications

SPAIN: Sanhua’s SEC HD electric expansion valve controller is now compatible for a variety of applications with 29 commonly used refrigerants, including CO2, hydrocarbons and HFCs. 
20th February 2024

F-gas regulation published in Official Journal

EUROPE: The new F-gas regulation has now been published in the EU’s Official Journal, making it legally binding and entering into force in 20 days.