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Government Publishes New Funding Policy from May 2017
Earlier this week the government published details of the new apprenticeship funding policy that will come into place from May 2017. Changes to how apprenticeships are funded are just one of many reforms that the government is in the process of introducing with the objective of putting employers in the driving seat and making the system simpler to navigate. To help you get up to speed with the upcoming changes we've created this bite-size infographic. We're also running regular webinars to keep people up to date with the changes and to discuss apprenticeships generally, details on the next webinar are below.
Apprenticemaker of the Year

In November, Apprenticemakers is looking forward to attending the SFEDI and IOEE Celebrating Enterprise Awards which recognise excellence in the world of enterprise learning and skills. The Small Business Apprenticemaker Award recognises an individual that has championed apprenticeships both in their business and beyond. The three shortlisted finalists for the award are Debbie Bryan, Anthony Impey and Scott Bailye. Read more about their achievements in the field of apprenticeships here.

Apprenticeships Stats and Facts

Two very interesting sources of apprenticeship facts and stats this month. Firstly the government released its further education and skills data and announced alongside it that more young people are in apprenticeships than ever before. Also a report was published this week alongside the funding announcements which shows the anticipated levy payers by size and sector. According to the figures, 16.9% of levy paying businesses will be in the 50-249 size bracket. The report also showed that 36% of businesses in the same size bracket are currently running apprenticeship schemes.

National Living Wage rises to £3.40

The hourly rate for an apprentice's minimum wage increased to £3.40 on 1 October. This is the minimum salary that must be paid by the employer for an apprentice between the ages of 16-19, and to apprentices that are 19-24 but in the first year of their apprenticeship. The employment costs definitely make apprenticeships an affordable, and therefore attractive, way to grow the business. Many employers offer more than the minimum wage when possible in order to attract the right candidate. See for more information.

Which SMEs Scooped Awards at the Regional Apprenticeship Awards?

Regional heats of the National Apprenticeship Awards have been taking place across the country this month, celebrating apprenticeship excellence amongst apprentices and employers, and raising the profile of the huge benefits apprenticeships can bring to all. The awards which are now in their 16th year, are run by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognise excellence amongst employers and apprentices. Find out which SMEs won or were highly commended at the 6 regional ceremonies.

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Apprenticeships in the news
As keen followers of apprenticeships news and announcements, it's been fantastic to see so much positive coverage of apprenticeships this month, see the Seven Misconceptions About Apprenticeships in The Telegraph, The debt-free alternative to university on the BBC, and a whole show dedicated to apprenticeships discussion on Radio 4's Careers without College, a great listen for anyone interested in this subject. 
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Yummy Pub takes innovative approach to recruiting chefs
An article that took our eye this month was a feature on a new Chef Academy from Yummy Pub which plans to recruit and train chefs from a variety of backgrounds. The academy has been set up by Yummy Pub's founders. Anthony Pender, pictured, said, "We genuinely don't care about their level of experience, it's about their passion, not their past". Read the full story on Big Hospitality.
Join Apprenticemakers on LinkedIn

The ethos of Apprenticemakers is to support knowledge sharing between apprentice employers, and to enable businesses of all sizes to ask questions, un-stick their apprenticeship issues, and share their experience and expertise. With this in mind we've relaunched the Apprenticemakers LinkedIn Group. Join today to connect with more employers and receive updates on relevant apprenticeships news from Apprenticemakers.

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