South West Durham Training (SWDT) is organising an employer breakfast event at its premises on Aycliffe Business Park in Newton Aycliffe - January 27.

We will deliver key information about the introduction of the apprenticeship levy and how it will affect companies of all sizes.

As from April 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 apprenticeship for all employers.

Our chief executive Lee Childs (pictured) sees the changes as an opportunity for businesses to up-skill their existing staff, and has organised a free event for firms to find out more.

Lee said: “The apprenticeship reforms might seem quite daunting to employers, there are a lot of changes that come into force from April this year. They’ll have to handle a digital account and manage their levy pot, for example.

“But rather than being afraid of it, businesses must embrace it, and we actually see the changes as an opportunity.

“The one good thing from these reforms is that they will enable us to do more for local employers. They open up new opportunities for existing workforce development, whether that’s through apprenticeships or other training programmes.

“We want to help employers through the reforms, talk through the levy and how the changes will affect businesses, both levy payers and non-levy payers.”

“During the seminar we’ll talk about how firms can find the right apprenticeship pathway for their employees, apprenticeship recruitment in general and the Digital Apprenticeship Service, as well as the levy,” he said.

“We’ll also provide some modelling, by showing how the changes will directly affect businesses when the changes come into play in May, and how the landscape is going to lie for them.

“We want to talk employers through all the changes and we can work with them during the transitional period and give employers as much information as possible.”

• The employer breakfast event is being held at SWDT on Friday January 27, from 8am, followed by networking – to register email bdteam@swdt.co.uk or call 01325 313194. More about SWDT can be found at www.swdt.co.uk

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