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  • 20 Jul 2016

    Donald Rumsfeld & The Apprenticeship Levy … Really?

    WITH LESS THAN ONE YEAR TO GO ... ... before the government’s proposed Apprenticeship Levy is introduced there is a lack of definitive details on the scheme and how it will operate. For organisations this uncertainty could make it difficult to begin planning for the levy’s introduction. They can calculate the amount of Levy that they will need to pay (0.5% of their total pay-bill over £3m), but may feel it is currently impossible to develop the strategies that will allow them to best benefit from the levy’s introduction. However, this absence of detail shouldn’t prevent organisations from beginning their planning and preparations now.
  • 14 Apr 2016

    Apprenticeships: Time to Review Your Recruitment Strategy

    It Will Come As No Surprise To Realise Major Employers Are Reviewing Their Recruitment Strategies Now In An Attempt To Capitalise On The Apprenticeship Route Without Delay FROM APRIL 2017 ... employers will be taxed in the form of a 0.5% apprenticeship training levy on their wage bill. As there is a £15,000 credit before the levy has to be paid it is those employers with an annual wage bill of over £3m that will be funding the country’s training. Fortunately, whereas the bigger players pay the levy, smaller employers can gain by hiring apprentices and claiming their external training via a different mechanism yet to be determined.
  • 14 Apr 2016

    Apprenticeships: Top of Recruitment Agendas

    WHY ARE APPRENTICESHIPS NOW THE TOP OF RECRUITMENT AGENDAS? APPRENTICESHIPS HAVE BEEN AROUND... ...for a long time, in fact dating back to the 12th century before flourishing by the 14th century. In those days the parents of a minor would agree with a Guild's Master craftsman the conditions for an apprenticeship which would bind the minor for between 5 and 9 years from the age of 14. They would pay a "premium" to the craftsman and the contract between them would be recorded in an indenture. Upon completion the apprentice would become a Master craftsman and create their own business, a new contribution to economic growth.
  • 04 Feb 2016

    Generational Differences on Your Team

    Today, businesses are faced with the prospect of a rapidly changing workforce. These conditions often put employees of varying ages together on teams. If leaders don’t have a flexible management style to work with this kind of diversity, team effectiveness and the organisation’s productivity can suffer. An adaptive style of leadership is needed. This example indicates how a leader can begin thinking that way.
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