Charity’s apprenticeship levy pilot helps employers get value for money

Careers guidance charity Believe in Young People (BiYP) are leading a pilot aimed at developing work-ready youngsters so that employers get the most from their levy funds

With less than 12 months until the introduction of the Government’s Apprenticeship Levy, skills and careers guidance charity Believe in Young People (BiYP) are leading a pilot aimed at developing work-ready youngsters so that employers get the most from their levy funds. The pilot aims to demonstrate the value of delivering employer-led careers guidance and structured work experience placements so young people are better prepared to be taken on as an apprentice as they leave school. 

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BiYP’s Apprenticeship Levy Pilot will measure the transition of young people from their pre-employment programme into apprenticeships, their retention and productivity as apprentices, the financial feasibility of the Levy and compares the economic impact in UK target regions.

The pilots aim is to develop and test a successful apprenticeship model for school leavers. To achieve this it, it is aiming to demonstrate three things:

  1. Employers can maximise the use of the levy through the programme
  2. Employers are able to recruit and retain high quality apprentices
  3. The apprentices that are taken on improve overall productivity vs. standard route to apprenticeship.

For employers to use their levy funds effectively, they must be confident that there will be a pool of candidates that are work-ready. Through employer-led careers guidance and structured work experience, BiYP’s programme helps prepare and place young people into suitable employment.

With around 80 per cent in recruitment efficiencies gained through BiYP’s programme, employers will be able to get more high quality apprentices using their levy funds. Analysis from an initial pilot of the programme, from 2012-2015 (further information in NTE), shows that without the programme, not only would more resources need to be spent on inductions and training, the employer will not be able to hire as many apprentices.

The pilot brings together large UK employers, schools and colleges and is supported by organisations including CBI, AELP, NUT, ATL and UCL. BiYP are acting as the partner leading on its delivery and measurement of the programme with UCL leading on a longitudinal research study which will include a series of employer, education and young people case studies from the participating partners.

BiYP are actively seeking out new employer partners to sign up to the pilot.


Debbie Carter

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