Smart Training and Recruitment https://smarttar.co.uk Mon, 11 Oct 2021 08:39:41 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.1 The Apprenticeship Incentives Scheme: Extended To January 2022 https://smarttar.co.uk/incentive-scheme-extended-2022/ Mon, 11 Oct 2021 08:39:41 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=12923 The Apprenticeship Incentives Scheme: Extended To January 2022 Great news for employers; the Apprenticeships Incentive Scheme has been extended to the end of January 2022. This means employers can get a grant of £3,000 for every apprentice they hire before that date. In a speech for the Conservative Party Conference, Rishi Sunak announced that the […]

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The Apprenticeship Incentives Scheme: Extended To January 2022

Great news for employers; the Apprenticeships Incentive Scheme has been extended to the end of January 2022. This means employers can get a grant of £3,000 for every apprentice they hire before that date.

In a speech for the Conservative Party Conference, Rishi Sunak announced that the government would be extending the scheme in order to give businesses an economic boost post-COVID. The incentive is designed to help businesses grow their teams and add new skills.

 We are delighted to hear this news. Since the scheme was first made available in August 2020 we have helped many employers realise the power of Apprenticeships.

Hiring an Apprentice will kick-start a person’s career, giving them the defined structure for employment and learning over a 12-24 month period. Apprenticeship Programmes are funded by the government so are financially viable. With our FREE recruitment service, Smart will manage the programme, the training, finding the right person, and support you as the employer.

Interested in hiring an apprentice? Contact us today at askus@smarttar.co.uk

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The Results Are In…. https://smarttar.co.uk/the-results-are-in/ Fri, 08 Oct 2021 08:01:10 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=12912 Drum Roll Please….. The Results are in… We have received some fantastic nominations and we have really enjoyed reading through all the case studies and after a very tough decision, we are excited to announce the winners of the Smart Training and Recruitment Learner and Employer Recognition Awards. Jack at Egger won our Apprentice Learner […]

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Drum Roll Please….. The Results are in…

We have received some fantastic nominations and we have really enjoyed reading through all the case studies and after a very tough decision, we are excited to announce the winners of the Smart Training and Recruitment Learner and Employer Recognition Awards.

  • Jack at Egger won our Apprentice Learner Recognition Award
  • Jodie at Wrights of Warrington won our Traineeship Learner Recognition Award
  • Andalucia won our Apprenticeship Employer Recognition Award
  • Wrights of Warrington won our Traineeship Employer Recognition Award.
  • Sam at The Fig and Olive was our runner up for the Learner Recognition Award
  • Alisha at Andalucia was also our runner up for the Learner Recognition Award

Congratulations to all our winners, you will be receiving your certificate and prizes soon. Watch this space for the latest photographs and feedback from all our winners and runner-ups.

#recognition #awards #smarttar #trainsmart #apprenticeships #traineeships #smartawards #hardwork #congratulations

View our winner’s video here!

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Apprentice incentive deadline https://smarttar.co.uk/apprentice-incentive/ Fri, 20 Aug 2021 08:49:41 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=12685 Time is running out to claim the apprentice incentive Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Gillian Keegan said this week there are ‘no plans to extend the current apprenticeship incentives beyond their cut-off date on September 30. In an exclusive interview as part of the All About Apprenticeships podcast from the HomeServe Foundation, the Minister said the incentives, which offered […]

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Time is running out to claim the apprentice incentive

Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Gillian Keegan said this week there are ‘no plans to extend the current apprenticeship incentives beyond their cut-off date on September 30. In an exclusive interview as part of the All About Apprenticeships podcast from the HomeServe Foundation, the Minister said the incentives, which offered grants to SMEs taking on an apprentice, had a deliberate time limit in order to force employers to take on an apprentice now. The Government is currently offering £3000 per newly recruited apprentice, regardless of age from 1st April 2021 to 30th September 2021. Claims are made via the DAS portal by the employer, claim window for this new incentive opened on June 1, 2021

Interested in hiring an apprentice? Get in touch today.

The deadline is 30th September 2021

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Public Sector Apprenticeship Target https://smarttar.co.uk/public-sector-apprenticeship-target/ Tue, 20 Jul 2021 14:11:10 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=12094 The post Public Sector Apprenticeship Target appeared first on Smart Training and Recruitment.

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NEW ONE YEAR PUBLIC SECTOR APPRENTICESHIP TARGET

1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022

Public sector bodies have a target to employ an average of at least 2.3% of their staff as new apprentice starters over the period.

The public sector apprenticeship target was introduced by the UK government in April 2017 in accordance with The Public Sector Apprenticeship Targets Regulations 2017. The target for new apprenticeships includes both newly employed apprentices and any existing staff that have begun an apprenticeship. All public sector bodies in scope must submit a report annually to the government on their progress in meeting the target.

WE CAN HELP YOU TO ACHIEVE YOUR TARGET

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The National Careers Service Webinars https://smarttar.co.uk/the-national-careers-service/ Tue, 20 Jul 2021 12:59:52 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=12086 Information: the National Careers Service results day webinars for parents/carers — We recognise that it has been a challenging year for students and want to equip parents and carers with advice to support their children on the day. Click the links below to sign up to one of the webinars and get: tips on how […]

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Information: the National Careers Service results day webinars for parents/carers

We recognise that it has been a challenging year for students and want to equip parents and carers with advice to support their children on the day.

Click the links below to sign up to one of the webinars and get:

tips on how your child can prepare for results day

advice about their options

advice about leaving education and exploring careers

signposting to useful sources

an opportunity for Q&A

30th July Webinar                 3rd August Webinar                   4th August Webinar

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Ignite your Future https://smarttar.co.uk/ignite-your-future-nhs/ Thu, 01 Jul 2021 11:38:49 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=11958 The post Ignite your Future appeared first on Smart Training and Recruitment.

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Ignite your Future through an apprenticeship with NHS Blood and Transplant

We are proud to be working in partnership with NHS Blood and Transplant to support their Ignite Your Future scheme.

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), who provides the blood donation service in England and transplant services across the UK, have apprentice opportunities across many different roles and areas!

We believe Youth Can Do It. Discover your potential, or help someone discover theirs Find out more.

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Career Skills Assessment https://smarttar.co.uk/careers-skills-assessment/ Fri, 25 Jun 2021 10:14:47 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=11905 Are you interested in completing a Career Skills Assessment? Understanding yourself can help you work out what careers you may enjoy working in. You can use this information to explore careers that interest you in more detail. The National Careers Service has a Careers Skills Assessment and Skills Health check that you can use to […]

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Are you interested in completing a Career Skills Assessment?

Understanding yourself can help you work out what careers you may enjoy working in. You can use this information to explore careers that interest you in more detail. The National Careers Service has a Careers Skills Assessment and Skills Health check that you can use to help. 

A skills assessment can be helpful at any stage of your career, like when you:

  • start your career
  • return to work
  • progress your career

Transferable skills are a set of skills that you’re good at. You can build them up over time, through work, volunteering, education, and life. You can apply these skills to a range of jobs.

You may want to take an assessment to help you:

  • find out what interests and motivates you
  • identify your skills
  • find out what you can do with the skills you have

Visit the Skills Assessment here

Visit the Skills Health Check here

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How to Upskill Yourself https://smarttar.co.uk/how-to-upskill-yourself/ Wed, 19 May 2021 07:26:02 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=10949 The post How to Upskill Yourself appeared first on Smart Training and Recruitment.

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How to Upskill Yourself

Upskilling is something that is becoming increasingly relevant, particularly in today’s climate, when everyone is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Many individuals have found themselves rethink their careers. Upskilling has also become necessary to survive in the current job market, which is ever more competitive and fast-paced.

In this article, we will outline what it means to upskill yourself, why it’s beneficial, and how to do it.

What is Upskilling?

 

Upskilling is the process of learning additional skills and competencies.

This means that employees add to their existing knowledge and skillsets to keep up with the new trends and retain business. If employees do not upskill, they will add to the skill gap – the gap between the number of roles that require certain skills and the number of people that actually possess those skills. 

Why is it Beneficial to Upskill?

 

There are many benefits of upskilling yourself, which include:

  • It gives you the potential to progress within your chosen career.
  • Research has shown that upskilling boosts your morale and productivity
  • It boosts your employability and potential to change to a slightly different job.

Upskilling isn’t just beneficial when training for a new job. It can simply help you to broaden your horizons at the business you currently work for.

How Can You Upskill Yourself?

 

You can upskill yourself in a variety of different ways, depending on what’s right for you and your career. Discuss your intentions with your employer as they may be extremely passionate about investing in your future. There are many tools on the internet that can help you to identify which skills you would like to gain. 

Tools like Barclays LifeSkills’ Wheel of Strengths can also give you a good starting point in exploring what you would like to develop.

Let us support you with your career goals

We deliver apprenticeship programmes. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you will be paid an apprentice wage, apprenticeship programmes can be used to upskill existing staff and do not change your contract of employment. 

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Removing the stigma associated with apprenticeships. https://smarttar.co.uk/stigma-associated-with-apprenticeships/ Wed, 21 Apr 2021 09:26:25 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=9956 It’s time to remove the stigma associated with apprenticeships.  The global coronavirus pandemic has had a massive impact on our daily lives, the way we work, our communities and the economy. Sadly, with the challenges of remote working, the past year has seen a  decrease in the number of people on apprenticeship programmes. With development […]

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It’s time to remove the stigma associated with apprenticeships. 

The global coronavirus pandemic has had a massive impact on our daily lives, the way we work, our communities and the economy. Sadly, with the challenges of remote working, the past year has seen a  decrease in the number of people on apprenticeship programmes.

With development budgets cut, firms should start to make the most of levy funds now to develop their future talent with the skills every industry needs for the future. The skills that firms need to succeed are changing quickly and the pandemic has highlighted a requirement for more digital and technical skills. Apprenticeships enable organisations to utilise government-backed financial support to develop future talent and create not just the knowledge but also the skills and behaviours the organisation needs for the future.

Apprenticeships are key in the skills development strategy set out by the UK government. To recover from the effects of the pandemic, the government is making £2.5bn available to support apprenticeships in 2021 and 2022 – including for organisations that do not pay the levy. Organisations can use this funding to access development and qualification opportunities with recognised apprenticeship providers. Smaller companies that do not pay the levy can also access 95% funding directly from the government for apprenticeship training and assessment costs.

Are you ready to remove the stigma associated with apprenticeships?

Contact our team today

Data and Figures are taken from PostOnline

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Apprenticeship Levy Underspend! https://smarttar.co.uk/apprenticeship-levy-underspend/ Mon, 19 Apr 2021 08:05:23 +0000 https://smarttar.co.uk/?p=9921 TES have published an article about the Apprenticeship Levy Underspend. Details are below; More than £1 billion in apprenticeship levy funding paid by employers expired unused between May 2020 and February 2021 alone, it has been revealed. In a written answer to a parliamentary question from Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran, skills and apprenticeships minister Gillian […]

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TES have published an article about the Apprenticeship Levy Underspend. Details are below;

More than £1 billion in apprenticeship levy funding paid by employers expired unused between May 2020 and February 2021 alone, it has been revealed.

In a written answer to a parliamentary question from Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran, skills and apprenticeships minister Gillian Keegan said that, across all employers in England, £1,039 million in levy funds had expired in the nine months following May 2020. This is a 22 per cent increase on the year before, when the expired levy value was £847 million for the period between May 2019 and April 2020. Introduced in 2017, the apprenticeship levy is paid by all large employers across the UK. Organisations pay into a virtual account and can then use those funds to support training. They have two years to use up their levy pot before it expires. 

Apprenticeship participation has taken a big hit as a result of the Covid pandemic. In May 2020, the Federation for Industry Sector Skills and Standards predicted there would be around 120,000 fewer apprenticeship starts in the year from March 2020 as a direct result of the coronavirus.

Association of Employment and Learning Providers: ‘Extremely frustrating’ 

The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) chief executive Jane Hickie said the numbers will be “extremely frustrating for ITPs to see”.

She said: “The simple fact is that before the pandemic arrived the money could have been spent on SMEs’ apprenticeships. As we kept telling the government, the employer demand was there but the size and growth in providers’ non-levy contracts was very tightly restricted by the ESFA.

“Obviously with workplaces closed, the pandemic has had a major impact on apprenticeship starts and levy spend but the good news is that as we come out of lockdown, non-levy contracts are about to become a thing of the past with employers of all sizes being able to express demand through the digital apprenticeship service.”

Read the full article by visiting https://www.tes.com/news/revealed-ps1bn-apprenticeship-levy-underspend

If you want to discuss how to spend your apprenticeship levy, get in touch with our team today

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