We are an independent Apprenticeships training provider, with solid track record of maximising returns on investment for both levy paying and non-levy paying employers. Our trainers have extensive knowledge and industry experience and work in partnership with you to co-design and deliver a bespoke Apprenticeship programme that aligns with your employee development objectives.
If you pay the Apprenticeship Levy, you need to be aware that funds expire 24 months after they enter your Digital Apprenticeship Service online account. The cost for training existing and new employees you are upskilling through Apprenticeships is spread across the length of the programme, with 20% not paid until right at the end, making apprenticeships more affordable.
If you are an employer with an annual wage bill of more than £3m, you will be paying an Apprenticeship Levy of 0.5% on payroll through PAYE. As a levy payer, the Government will top up your account by an additional 10%. If you exceed your monthly levy draw down, you only pay 5% of the additional cost with the Government paying the remaining 95%.
Until 31 March 2021, employers will receive an incentive of £2,000 with new hire of apprentices between 16-24 years old, and £1,500 with new hire of apprentices over 25 years old.
Additionally, there is a £1,000 incentive for recruiting a 16-18 year old apprentice, or for apprentice under 25 years old with additional learning needs or an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan.
KBM Levy Management Services
KBM Training and Recruitment currently have a range of tools to support Levy paying customers with the planning of the Levy. Following the “free” support, we expect many employers will want ongoing support to implement our recommendations a strategy and put in place high quality programmes. Some may want these services in the implementation stage, some may want longer term management support for their programmes. We will charge for these services; which will be a commercial proposition; and also we will be well placed to secure training programmes as part of this. Services may include:
- Create and implement the Apprenticeship Levy Strategy
- Map current, planned and potential apprenticeship provision across the organisation
- Liaise with and promote apprenticeship provision to business units / departments (current, planned and potential provision)
- Apprenticeship Profile (Standards, Learner numbers, Start Dates, Length of Stay, Price, Retention) In order to eliminate unplanned underspend or un-planned co-investment
- Identify providers who can deliver the apprenticeship programmes planned (Quality, Value, Proposition, Model, Value Added)
- Procure provision through whatever methods appropriate (formal tender, market review , etc.)
- Negotiate and agree price on each apprenticeship programme
- Identify co-delivery models where the provider and employer can co-deliver a programme and the employer can reclaim some funding and customise the programme to the employer
- Map existing provision & programmes to apprenticeships
- Recruit new apprentices to the business (predominantly young people into newly created roles)
- Identify and sign-up existing staff to undertake apprenticeship programmes, including promoting apprenticeships across the business
- Manage providers and provision, ensuring that the provision is at the required quality
- Manage the Digital Voucher System and approve payments to providers
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Non Levy Apprenticeship (SMEs) - Upskilling your workforce as per your business goals
If your business/organisation has an annual wage bill of less than £3m then you do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy.
SMEs co-fund their Apprenticeship training, currently paying just 5% (with the rest paid for by the Government). This is managed through the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) online account.
Contact us for advice and guidance on co-investment and the additional financial incentives available.
If you have less than 50 employees, then the Government meets the full cost of Apprenticeship training for those aged 18 and under. For employees aged over 19 they will pay for 95% of Apprenticeships training, with the employer co-investing 5%.
Supporting SMEs upskill and plan through Apprenticeships
We are working in partnership with SME employers to design and deliver Apprenticeship programmes for accounting, finance, taxation and business administration. Working in partnership, we:
- Help you to upskill current staff in line with your business goals
- Use our recruitment service to bring new talent into your business
- Help you to understand the changes to Apprenticeships and how they affect your business – including the financial incentives available and how co-investment works
- Ensure the agreed Apprenticeships are closely aligned with your business and workforce development goals
- Appoint trainer assessors with relevant industry experience
Apprenticeships have moved on from what they used to be and are an exciting option for both apprentice and employer. You can now employ apprentices at all different levels, from school leavers to people that want to further their careers or change career direction completely. An apprentice can be aged 16 or 100 plus. As an employer, you can get additional help with funding an apprentice from the government.
Benefits to Your Organisation
- Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way for any organisation to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.
- 86% of employers said apprenticeships developed skills relevant to their organisation and 78% reported improved productivity.
- 90% of apprentices stay on in their place of work after completing an apprenticeship
- there's a wide selection of apprenticeships available, covering lots of different job roles
- you can adapt the training your apprentice receives according to the needs of your organisation
- an apprenticeship allows you to diversify and freshen up your workforce
- you can employ an apprentice who's aged 16 up to any age and from any background
Why KBM Apprenticeships
KBM Apprenticeships provides you with the technical support in finding the best candidate suitable for your business. We have been able to engage a wide range of candidates from different sectors. With our extensive networks across the UK, we have provided many businesses recruitment solutions.
We use an electronic portfolio system to reduce paperwork and aid regular contact.
In the current economic climate, taking on an apprentice is a cost effective way to increase your workforce and provide government funded training to a nationally recognised standard.
What our employers say
- "We GET more from our business as a result of having an apprentice as part of our team."
- 81% said employing an apprentice generated higher overall productivity for their business.
- "Apprentices have a positive impact on people carrying work and doing a good job for us."
- 92% said apprenticeships led to staff being more motivated and increased job satisfaction.
- "Apprentices tend to stay with us for longer"
- 74% said apprenticeships tend to have greater loyalty to the business and remain with them longer than other employees.
- "Employing apprentices gives us an advantage over our competitors"
- 81% of consumers favour businesses that use apprentices within their workforce.
Recruit An Apprentice
Apprenticeships are a cost effective way to engage young innovative people into the business. This is a great way to grow your business. At the same time this provides a great way for young people to earn while gaining a renowned qualification
Apprenticeships are becoming popular day by day. With over 100,000 businesses in UK employing apprentices, this has become a very viable government funded scheme which is helping young people in becoming employable whilst getting valuable qualification.
When recruiting with KBM Apprentices, employers are mainly eligible to get £1500 apprenticeship grant.
Want to employ someone young and innovative?
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Interview the shortlisted candidates put forward by the KBM recruitment team and agree start date for your new apprentice.
If you are interested in finding out more about how an apprentice can help grow your company then please complete our online contact form or contact our Apprenticeships Manager at
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