Information for employers

ILM offers the ultimate management apprenticeship service, with end to end solutions built around our market leading qualifications

At ILM, we believe in nurturing both new and existing employees. Apprenticeships can empower your staff with technical knowledge and transferable skills - a vital way of increasing the value of your business. ILM’s Apprenticeships help enable businesses to train new talent while ensuring company knowledge is retained in-house, as well as giving candidates the opportunity to earn while they learn and build a portfolio of work.

The Apprenticeship Levy

What is the Apprenticeship Levy?

The UK government has committed to a target of three million apprenticeship starts between 2015 and 2020 - and they're aiming to get businesses involved with the introduction of the apprenticeship levy. The apprenticeship levy will help to fund this, raising up to 3 billion per year by 2021.

From April 2017, employers with an annual pay-bill of £3 million or more will pay 0.5% into the levy. Government estimates that around 21,000 UK employers will be required to pay the levy; no employer is exempt.

How can I use my apprenticeship levy?

Each apprenticeship Framework or Standard is assigned a funding band. Employers can negotiate a price with a provider on the actual cost of delivery. Levy funds can then be used to pay for the delivery. If a fee is agreed which is greater than the band, the employer is required to pay the additional amount in full.

Once a fee has been agreed, the employer and provider will set up payment terms. The employer must transfer equal payments to the training provider each month, with 20% held back to pay for End-Point Assessment.

Who can I develop using the apprenticeship levy? 

From May 2017, government is relaxing restrictions around prior achievement. This means employers will be able to deliver management apprenticeships to staff who are already qualified at a higher level, provided their prior qualification is in an unrelated discipline.

Apprenticeship levy rules

This is particularly useful where employers have highly-qualified technical staff who are ready to move into management positions. For example, an existing staff member who has a degree in Physics will be able to study towards a Level 3 or Level 5 Management apprenticeship, and their employer will be able pay for this out of their levy funds.  

Finding an ILM provider

Our network of over 2,500 ILM Centres know what makes great leadership development - that's why you're in safe hands using one of our approved providers to deliver your apprenticeship programme. They'll deal with all the off the job theory and development while working with you to make sure your programme is tailored perfectly to the needs of your business.

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What is End Point Assessment?

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As part of the apprenticeship reforms, government has introduced independent End Point Assessment as a means to ensuring quality apprenticeship programmes. Once an apprentice has completed their apprenticeship programme, their employer will put them forward as ready for end-point assessment of their knowledge and practical capabilities.

The registered assessment organisation and the assessor must be independent of, and separate from, the training provided by the provider and employer.

End-point assessment will be delivered by assessment organisations that are on the Register of Apprentice Assessment Organisations (RoAAO ). Individual employers have the freedom to select their own training provider and assessment organisation from the RoAAO.

ILM has been approved to offer End Point Assessment for the following apprenticeships:

  • Team Leader/Supervisor (Level 3)
  • Operations/Departmental Manager (Level 5)

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Employing an apprentice

Apprentices are employees aged 16 or over working while studying - from GCSE right up to degree level.

There are several steps to taking on an apprentice:

  • Choose an apprenticeships framework or standard for an apprenticeship in your industry and at a suitable level.

  • Find a training organisation that offers apprenticeships for your industry - they’ll handle your apprentice’s training, qualification and assessment.

  • Check you’re eligible for apprenticeship funding and apply - there are different rules for large employers with wage bills over £3m and SMEs

  • Advertise your apprenticeship - your training organisation will do this for you through the find an apprenticeship service. Alternatively, work with your training organisation to identify how the programme will fit into an existing employee's role.

  • Select your apprentice and make an apprenticeship agreement with them

Apprenticeship programmes provide the perfect blend of development for the workplace. Apprentices are employed as a member of staff, paid the minimum apprenticeship wage (or more) and work alongside your existing staff to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours they need to make an impact on your business.

New style apprenticeships have been developed with employers in mind – so they’re perfect for addressing the changing needs of UK business. Investing in your managers via apprenticeships creates engaged, productive and effective workforces that have a sustained impact on your business.

Apprenticeships are typically delivered with the help of an ILM Training Provider. You can find ILM approved providers here:

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