The Department for Education has published a new guide for schools on what apprenticeships are, how schools can use them, and how the apprenticeship levy and public sector target apply to schools.
The guidance is for school leaders and governing bodies in all schools in England, and for local authorities too. It may also be of use to professional associations, unions and staff working with apprentices.
Schools employ staff in a wide range of roles that align with apprenticeships. Apprenticeships are for existing employees as well as new recruits, so they are both a way of accessing new talent and retraining or upskilling your current staff.
In April 2017, the government changed the way it funds apprenticeships in England. Some employers are now required to contribute to an apprenticeship levy, and there have been changes to funding for apprenticeship training for all employers.
The way in which the levy applies to schools depends on the type of school and the overall employer. This is detailed in the guidance.
The guide also explains how those who pay the levy can access funding for apprenticeships through the apprenticeship service and how those that do not pay the levy can still recruit apprentices and access co-investment to purchase apprenticeship training from an approved provider.