photo of an autistic apprenticeIn April 2017, the way the government funds apprenticeships in England is changing for all businesses. Some employers will be required to contribute to a new Apprenticeship Levy.

The Apprenticeship Levy requires all employers operating in the UK, with a pay bill over £3 million each year, to make an investment in apprenticeships. The Levy is there to be spent on ‘Apprenticeship Training and associated costs’. The Government has stated ‘employers will get out more than they put in’.

We feel really positive that the levy will provide new opportunities for autistic people to showcase their skills and learn new trades and employers will benefit from a talented, diverse workforce.

Not sure whether the levy applies to you?

Why not try Qube Learning’s Levy calculator and watch their informative video to learn about the levy, what this means for your company and how you can get involved in recruiting autistic talent.

Pre apprenticeships - What’s possible?

In our previous issues, we’ve discussed the difficulties some autistic people face with traditional recruitment methods. Traineeships are a fantastic way to both showcase a young person’s skills and abilities but also the opportunity to explore what suits their best attributes.

Traineeships, what are they? Traineeships are a new programme for 16-24 year olds and are designed to give them the skills and vital experience needed to progress onto an Apprenticeship or sustainable job. The programme prepares young people for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready’. It provides individuals with invaluable experience, with a comprehensive programme made up of three core elements:

Traineeships make an important contribution to reducing the proportion of young people not in employment. It is designed to bridge the skills gap and enable many more motivated young people to satisfy employer requirements. The programme is funded by the Skills Funding Agency.

Follow the links for more information about traineeships and apprenticeships.