EEF set to outline impact of Apprenticeship Levy

Posted on 10 Jan 2017 by Fred Tongue

A representative from EEF will be discussing what the Apprenticeship Levy will mean to manufacturing businesses at a conference in London next month (February).

Neil Withey, training & development divisional director for EEF will be speaking about the Apprenticeship Levy at the Apprenticeship Levy and Public Sector IR35 Conference.

The Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC), the professional trade association representing recruitment consultancies across all sectors is hosting a one day conference in London on February 9. The conference comes in the face of one of the largest administrative changes to affect recruiting and hiring apprentices in recent years.

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Withey explained: “One of the key employment issues that will be taxing the manufacturing sector in 2017 is the apprenticeship levy. EEF has been campaigning to get our members’ views and concerns about the impact and operation of the levy across to government. Although we have had some wins, there are still gaps to be filled and hurdles to be cleared. I am therefore delighted to be able to share EEF’s concerns with an audience of recruitment experts and hirers”

Chairman of ARC, Adrian Marlowe commented: “There is no doubt that the Apprenticeship Levy will have an impact and ARC is aware that its concerns over the changes are not restricted to the recruitment supply sector.

“In addition to the Apprenticeship Levy, the conference will also include a seminar on the new Public Sector IR35 rules which herald a new era, with agencies and hirers set to meet the tax liabilities of their contractors. The seminar will explore how the new rules will affect flexibility in the UK workforce and how will the proposed HMRC online tool work.”

The Apprenticeship Levy will come in to force April 6, 2017 and will require all firms with a wage bill higher than £3m to invest in apprenticeships. The legislation will also require the funding that employers receive while training apprentices.