RMI Bodyshop Comment: Apprenticeship Levy

Published 12/08/2016 00:00:00 in Press Releases

The government has released further details on the Apprenticeship Levy, which comes into force in April 2017. Some key points that were confirmed are:

  • The levy will apply to all apprenticeships – including traditional framework apprenticeships – and not just trailblazers.
  • The levy will apply to ALL employers, but only those with a pay roll of over £3 million per annum will be affected. In this case, the levy will be charged at a rate of 0.5% of the pay payroll.
  • Any apprentices that are employed before 1st May 2017 will be funded for the full duration of the apprenticeship under the terms and conditions that were in place at the time the apprenticeship started.

Frank Harvey, Head of Bodyshop Operations comments, “There are still points that need greater clarification prior April 2017, but further information on funding, government support, and eligibility rules are not due to be published until October 2016, however the uncertainty in the intervening period may deter smaller employers for taking on much needed apprentices

“Given the widening void between the skilled staff required and those available to service the needs of the collision repair sector.

“We would urge any members considering taking on an apprentice to strike whilst the iron is hot and the rules of the current system are still in place.”

 

ENDS

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Rupal Rawal, Press Officer
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Press Office fax: 020 7307 3406

Web: www.rmif.co.uk  Email: rupal.rawal@rmif.co.uk

The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.

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