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Care sector training provider Connect2Care has launched ‘The Apprenticeship Levy Handbook’ to guide operators through a major legislative change in the way that apprenticeships are funded.

The main aim of the Handbook is to assist healthcare businesses in maximising their Levy fund, so that the optimum benefits of training and apprenticeship programmes are achieved for both the employer and staff members.

The Handbook will help care organisations to understand the changes that will need to be made in light of the Apprenticeship Levy, which comes into force for companies with an annual pay bill of over £3m in April 2017.

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Answering all the questions which have arisen since the Government announced the scheme, the Handbook has been put together specifically for healthcare businesses and addresses the challenges and benefits the Levy presents to the Sector.

Jill Whittaker, managing director of Connect2Care, said: “The Apprenticeship Levy has been a controversial issue, not just in the care sector, but across all industries in the UK. For such a big change in the way training of apprentices is funded, there has been very little information available and the details we have had have been somewhat confusing.

“This Handbook has been designed to advise business owners, financial directors and HR managers on exactly what they need to do to prepare, in an easy to understand format. April 2017 is now less than a year away and we strongly recommend healthcare businesses start the planning process now, so that everything is in place and has been strategically planned to suit the needs of the company, its employees and patients.”

The Levy payments are compulsory for larger employers, so Connect 2 Care says it is looking to help care operators make the most of them.

When the Apprenticeship Levy comes into play, large businesses across the UK will be required to pay 0.5% of their total pay bill.

This funding will then be made available via a new ‘Digital Apprenticeship Service’ account and has to be spent on training, apprenticeships and development. The Levy was introduced as part of the Governments’ commitment to delivering 3 million apprenticeships by 2020.

The Apprenticeship Levy Handbook is available to download free of charge from the Connect2Care website HERE.

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