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Following the Levy update announcement on Friday 5 August, AELP have produced a PowerPoint presentation for dissemination our Network members.  It was created as part of the Future Apprenticeships Support Programme, commissioned and funded by the Education Training Foundation (ETF) and further updates will be issued in October, December and March.

Analysis of some of the most popular apprenticeship frameworks conducted by FE Week has shown that proposed funding for 16 to 18 year-old apprentices will result in current rates to colleges and training providers being cut by around 30 per cent. This rises to over half for those apprentices living in the most deprived areas of central London.

Amidst the launch of the much anticipated Apprenticeship funding proposals for next year, the Skills Funding Agency also released the proposals for the creation of a new register which organisations must apply to join if they want to deliver apprenticeship training from May 2017. 

The SFA plans to create a Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) to support an employer-led apprenticeship system.

Training providers must apply to join the RoATP if they want to deliver apprenticeships to any employer from April 2017.

The much anticipated Apprenticeship funding proposals have now been released and can be found on the website here:

As we were aware, the apprenticeship levy will apply to all UK employers in both the private and public sectors who pay annual pay bills of more than £3 million.

Employers are being urged to apply for a share of a new £17m training fund.​

Sheffield City Region's Skills Bank aims to provide a one-stop-shop to bridge the productivity gap, drive business growth and boost the region's prosperity.

Its target of creating 70,000 new private sector jobs over the next ten years aims to remove almost every barrier to sending staff on courses to help companies grow and it can fund up to 75% of the costs.

The Skills Bank is a project of Sheffield City Region’s Local Enterprise Partnership, which has negotiated a £1.3bn devolution deal.