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One aspect of my role is to provide support with Training and Development, being part of the Training and Development Workstream and the Regional Training Group. Recently, this aspect of my role has involved tracking the development of the apprenticeship standards and what they mean for Audit Yorkshire.

In 2012 the Government commissioned an independent report to review the apprenticeship provision in England. The review was conducted by Doug Richards.

The report’s recommendations included:

  • redefining apprenticeships
  • greater focus on the outcome of an apprenticeship
  • using recognised industry standards to form the basis of every apprenticeship
  • making sure all apprentices reach a good level in English and Maths before they can complete their apprenticeship
  • creating the right incentives for apprenticeship training through government funding
  • encouraging greater diversity and innovation in training

In response to the Richards report findings the Apprenticeship Levy was announced in the Summer Budget 2015, and at the Autumn Statement 2015 it was announced that it would come into effect in April 2017. A consultation was held between 21 August 2015 and 2 October 2015 to hear from employers how the levy should work in practice.

The Apprenticeship Levy is a levy on UK employers to fund new apprenticeships. The levy will be charged at a rate of 0.5% of an employer’s paybill. Each employer will receive an allowance of £15,000 to offset against their levy payment. It was introduced in April 2017.

Many training providers and professional bodies have previously offered training up to level 4 for apprenticeships; however we are excited to now see that many are offering apprenticeship packages up to level 7. This means that from entry level recruits on a graduate or school leaver programme, through to those who have already completed some of their professional qualification training, a programme of apprenticeship training that suits both an individual apprentice and wider business requirements can be tailored. Employees at any stage of their career can benefit from this apprenticeship, gaining a professional qualification whilst developing the skills and behaviours to be a success.

At Audit Yorkshire we are currently reviewing and updating our training framework to ensure it encompasses the new opportunities and how it will complement and strengthen our existing trainee programme.

 Karina Rogers, Internal Audit Manager, Audit Yorkshire