Big Debate on apprenticeships comes to Lincoln

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The Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) Big Debate on apprenticeships will come to Lincoln to help businesses better understand the benefits of taking on apprentices.

The Apprenticeship Levy will take affect from April 6 where employers with an annual pay bill of more than £3 million be charged at 0.5% of their annual pay bill.

The event, at the Lincolnshire Showground on March 24, is aimed at businesses who are not required to pay the levy.

It follows a successful debate held in Sleaford on March 2 where those in attendance were able to learn more about the apprenticeship grant for employers and had the opportunity to network.

Clare Hughes, skills lead at the Greater Lincolnshire LEP said: “We need to improve the skills of our workforce across Greater Lincolnshire, and apprenticeships are a great way to do that.

“Some businesses are unclear about what apprentices are, how they work and who pays for them. This event is a good place for them to find out.

“Apprenticeships matter because we need to retain our talented young people rather than let them move away and find jobs elsewhere.

“It’s also vital that we give our employers access to talent and a structured programme of training that will boost their business.

“Apprentices benefit by getting a foot on the career ladder while 91% of employers say they’re satisfied with their apprenticeship programme and 89% say apprentices have made their organisation more productive.”

To book a space at the event visit the Eventbrite website.