Employers from across West Yorkshire are being invited to attend free information sessions in Bradford on the looming government apprenticeship reforms.
The Bradford College Group, which is one of the leading apprenticeship providers in the country, is putting on three seminars aimed at helping employers understand how the major changes that come into effect on May 1 will impact their businesses.
The first is a breakfast event on Tuesday February 28. The second, on Thursday March 2, takes place in the evening and the third, on Wednesday March 29, is again at breakfast time.
On May 1 this year, the way the government funds apprenticeships will change. Some employers will be required to contribute to the apprenticeship levy while there will also be changes to the funding for apprenticeships for all employers.
Dawn Leak, Director of Employer Responsiveness at Bradford College, says the events are an ideal opportunity for employers to find out all about the changes and ensure they are ready to take full advantage of the reforms.
She said: “There are big changes happening in May and it can seem quite daunting to employers but it is also creates opportunities for business.
“We want to help employers through the reforms, explain how the changes will affect the businesses of both levy payers and non-levy payers, supporting them to take advantage of the opportunities apprenticeships can bring.
“Each event will include a presentation on the levy and a guest speaker from one of our region’s major employers discussing how they implement apprenticeships into their organisation and how they are planning for the levy.
“There will also be an open forum of delegate questions and discussion.
“The Bradford College Group, with our apprentice provider City Training Services, is one of the leading apprenticeship providers in the country, currently supporting 1,800 apprentices through 33 different frameworks.
“We want to use our expertise to help employers through all the changes.”
The opening event, on February 28, takes place at the offices of City Training Services, Bradford College’s apprenticeship provider, on Chapel Street in Little Germany, Bradford.
It runs from 8.15am to 9.45am and the key note speaker will be Dan Lancaster-Holmes, Performance and Partnerships Manager for the Leeds City Region Apprenticeship Hub.
An evening event takes place two days later, on Thursday March 2 between 5.30pm and 7pm, at Bradford College’s David Hockney Building on Great Horton Road, Bradford. Guest speaker at that event will be Frank Clayton from Ilkley-based engineering services firm NG Bailey.
A further breakfast event has been scheduled for Wednesday March 29, again from 8.15am to 9.45am at CTS with Dan Lancaster-Holmes guest speaker again.
The events are free but booking is required as places are limited.
Tickets can be booked via the Bradford College website or at www.apprenticeship-reforms.eventbrite.co.uk
To find out more, call 01274 728316 or email [email protected]