Employers to learn more about Apprenticeship Levy at Advanced Engineering 2017
Businesses of all sizes can learn more about the new Apprenticeship Levy and how to achieve maximum return on investment at this year’s Advanced Engineering exhibition.
On the second day of the conference Skills Training UK’s Skills Director Stephen Crawley will be talking to employers about the Government’s recent Apprenticeship Reforms.
Topics covered will include how larger employers (those with an annual payroll greater than £3million) can manage their Apprenticeship Levy payments and maximise the opportunities for workforce development.
He will also explain the opportunities and incentives available for smaller employers and how they can use Apprenticeships to develop their teams.
Figures recently published by the Department for Education show that around half of eligible employers are registered on the new Levy system – showing many are still unaware of the Levy even though they are paying for it.
Stephen Crawley, Skills Director at Skills Training UK, said: “What’s clear is that many employers are still unsure about what they have to do. Some appear to be deferring or freezing Apprenticeship recruitment, while others are unaware that that they can invest their Levy funds into up-skilling and re-skilling existing employees.
“Our sector expertise and strong track record ensure we’re ideally placed to help employers of all sizes to understand the reforms and gain maximum value for money – creating a highly skilled and motivated workforce that make a tangible contribution to performance.”
Skills Training UK is one of the UK’s leading independent Apprenticeship providers. It has a strong record of working with employers in STEM sectors including Aerospace, Advanced Engineering, Automotive, Energy, Utilities and Rail.
Our range of bespoke Apprenticeships include Business Improvement Techniques (BIT), Materials Testing and NDT, Management, Supply Chain, Business Skills, Information Technology and Digital Marketing.
Skills Training UK will be exhibiting at stand O2 at Advanced Engineering 2017. Stephen Crawley will be speaking on the second day of the conference at 2.40pm in the Performance Metals Engineering zone.
Skills Training UK launches non-destructive testing (NDT) Apprenticeships
National Apprenticeships provider Skills Training UK has launched its new Apprenticeship Standards for Non-Destructive Testing (NDT).
The Ofqual Level 2 Non-Destructive Testing Operator and Ofqual Level 3 Non-Destructive Testing Engineering Technician have been developed in partnership with West Midlands manufacturer and designer of ultrasonic probes and NDT accessories, GB Inspection Systems Ltd.
Based in Burntwood near Birmingham, GB Inspections was a significant participant in the Apprenticeship Trailblazer group that helped set the new Apprenticeship Standards and has already enrolled two employees on Skills Training UK’s programme.
William Hawksford has started the Ofqual Level 3 NDT Engineering Technician and Tyler Sharrock the Ofqual Level 2 NDT Testing Operator.
William, who previously completed Skills Training UK’s Performing Manufacturing Operations Apprenticeship with GB Inspections, said: “An Apprenticeship was always a route I wanted to go down. I’m looking forward to pushing on and reaching the next level.”
Skills Training UK and GB Inspections are also exploring the possibility of opening a dedicated NDT training facility in the Midlands.
Neil Smith, General Manager at GB Inspection Systems Ltd, said: “I’ve always been a fan of promoting youth – to my mind it’s the best way forward. So when we heard about what Skills Training UK had to offer we were keen to find out more.
“The relationship we have with them has gone from strength to strength. They know exactly what we are looking for and understand the aims of our business.
“Creating a dedicated Apprenticeship training facility for NDT in the Midlands would be a hugely positive step and we’re excited about the opportunities that it could bring.”
Skills Training UK is one of the UK’s leading independent training providers with a proven track record of working in partnership with employers in STEM sectors to design and deliver Apprenticeships in Business Improvement Techniques (BIT), Quality and Improvement, Supply Chain, Business Skills, Information Technology and Digital Marketing.
As well as NDT, it has particular expertise in the Automotive, Aerospace, Advanced Engineering, Energy, Utilities and Rail sectors.
Stephen Crawley, Skills Director at Skills Training UK, recently addressed BINDT’s Education and Professional Development Committee to introduce its work and brief members on how it is helping major employers through the recent Apprenticeship Reforms and how the new funding models can bring real value to businesses.
He said: “We have been working with GB Inspections for the last two years, delivering a range of Apprenticeships to help develop the company’s workforce, including Performing Manufacturing Operations and Digital Marketing.
“We’re delighted that they’ve been able to play such an important role in helping to set the new NDT Standards and we look forward to our partnership continuing.
“We have a very strong track record with employers in STEM sectors and have been working hard with a variety of businesses to ensure they are making the most of the new opportunities and incentives available.”
Anyone who would like to find out more about Skills Training UK and the Apprenticeships they offer can visit stand O2 at Advanced Engineering 2017.
Skills Training UK help employers make the most of recent Apprenticeship Reforms
Leading independent training provider Skills Training UK has published a new guide to the recent Apprenticeship Reforms for employers.
In April, the Government introduced a whole raft of changes to the way Apprenticeships are run.
It included the launch of a new Apprenticeship Levy which means that all employers in England with an annual wage bill greater than £3million have to pay a 0.5% tax on payroll that they can spend on training within their workforce.
Skills Training UK is committed to using its expertise and experience to help employers understand the changes and make sure they receive maximum return on investment.
Chief Executive, Martin Dunford OBE, said: “The Reforms are potentially confusing but Skills Training UK, with our proven track record in delivering real value from Apprenticeships training, is well placed to guide employers and help them develop and manage tailored
Apprenticeships programmes which deliver a real return in terms of developing employees in line with their business goals.”
Stephen Crawley, Skills Director, Skills Training UK, added: “The changes to Apprenticeships represent a great opportunity for employers of all sizes, whether they’re in the private or public sector, levy paying or non-levy paying, they can now access a pot of money to help train, re-train or upskill their staff at all stages of their career development, no matter what their age or level of experience.”
Skills Training UK is one of the UK’s leading independent training providers with a proven track record of working in partnership with employers in STEM sectors to design and deliver Apprenticeships in Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), Business Improvement Techniques (BIT), Quality and Improvement, Supply Chain, Business Skills, Information Technology and Digital Marketing.
It delivers a bespoke approach in specific sectors, designing and delivering training programmes for advanced manufacturing, aerospace, logistics, automotive, pharmaceuticals, digital and IT and business services.
Aerospace specialists Zodiac Interconnect UK benefit from Skills Training UK Apprenticeships
Zodiac Interconnect UK (part of the global Zodiac Aerospace) engineers and delivers innovative and cost-effective interconnect products and systems for harsh and safety-critical environments in the aerospace, defence, industrial, and energy industries.
In the UK the production, engineering and design plant is in Slough, where Zodiac Interconnect UK has around 125 employees. The formal implementation of lean began in 2012 because the business acknowledged the benefits of lean such as reducing lead-times by identifying waste, the elimination of defects by developing a culture of problem solving and the reduction in variation by making processes predictable and stable through standardisation.
The lean tools today are helping in the effort to make Zodiac Interconnect UK a facility that is recognised for operational excellence and the Business Improvement Techniques training is empowering staff with the essential techniques to deliver on this core objective.
During six, half-day sessions in the first part of BIT training, five employees learnt key theories and developed their knowledge in areas including organisational safety, effective team working, 5S workplace organisation techniques, visual management systems and continuous improvement techniques using the Japanese Kaizen approach to problem solving and process improvement.
In the second half of the 12-month bespoke training the employees worked in three teams to identify and tackle three individual workplace related projects on Quality, Cost and Delivery.
Khurram Chaudhry, Lean Manager, Zodiac Interconnect UK, said: It’s changed our paradigm and the way the team leaders see their role is different now. Before, they might say ‘it’s too much work’ and now they say ‘let’s collect data and do it.’ They now feel empowered to solve the problem themselves.”
Having completed their training, the team leaders are coaching their individual teams in the business improvement techniques and are auditing each other’s 5S+1 audits. They have also identified and are working on new projects on safety, on reducing the lead time of processes on the assembly line and on improving production efficiency by reducing rejections.
Team Leader Mazar Hussain said: “There is now a more methodological approach to problems and trying to get to the root causes. The course was well delivered, fully interactive and enjoyable.”
Team Leader Michael Moore added: “The BIT trainers helped make it a lot easier for me going into the role of Team Leader and I learnt how to handle situations. It helped me understand the techniques and the audits you need to do and it helped me with team work. I used to like doing things by myself but I can now get my team involved. I am on the Health & Safety committee and it has made me more aware of how things are done.”
Skills Training UK help Xaar Plc to develop employees' skills with BIT training
Xaar plc is a world leader in the development of digital inkjet technology and manufacture of Piezoelectric industrial printheads, exporting over 95% of its products worldwide.
It recognised the need to engage and involve staff in Business Improvement Techniques training and engaged Skills Training UK to tailor an apprenticeship programme.
The results have been transformational in terms of benefiting staff, who have felt more motivated, and in delivering real improvements to the business, which Xaar values as £380,000 in annualised savings.
The innovative programme included proper, off-the-job, classroom based training in improvement techniques which was provided by Skills Training UK’s team of trainer-assessors at Xaar’s manufacturing site in Huntingdon, with 1-2-1 support for individual employees where needed.
Training groups were made up of participants from all areas, regardless of lean experience, previous academic achievement or seniority so that each group represented the DNA of the site. This enabled experiences to be shared and helped to enrich and embed the training. In particular, this has given those new to manufacturing a real boost.
The training has been fully inclusive and delivered in a way that everyone mattered, with additional support provided to less confident learners and encouragement to those able to extend their skills further.
100% attendance was achieved for the classroom training and the completion rate for the training overall has been 94%. Over 300 staff have been trained in three phases, with 70% gaining qualifications higher than they previously held.
To embed the learning, staff have tackled improvement projects which they identified themselves, with the results showing the significant increases in productivity and cost savings valued by Xaar at £380,000 per annum. A more upbeat, motivated workforce has been another benefit.
Ian Page, Head of Continuous Improvement, Xaar plc, said: “Skills Training UK grasped our vision from the start and tailored a programme which applied the apprenticeship standard to a whole new level, covering over 300 people with a wide range of previous skills and experience.”
After the training, participants have gone on to continue using their skills on further projects – showing that the training has provided a long-lasting legacy.
Shift Supervisor Adey Lee said: “New skills were learnt by a wide cross section of staff and the way the training programme was run really helped everyone to engage. We are now using the techniques we learnt, in order to keep the improvements going.”
Production Operator Jackie Thompson said: "I thoroughly enjoyed the training and learning the new improvement techniques. It was also really good that we did the training with people from other departments who we hadn’t previously met. We tackled a big change project which otherwise wouldn’t have happened and I also now have qualifications in English and Maths which I’m very pleased about.”