Thanks for your hospitality

February 23, 2017

I have to thank the organisers of this year’s Great Hospitality Show, for inviting me and Karen Davies of Casual Dining Group to be a part of their panel talking about all things Levy.

With the launch of the Apprenticeship Levy now less than three months away, it’s so important to be a part of events like this, with employers in the room, wondering how this change to the way apprenticeships are funded will affect them.

I felt the event was really beneficial and I hope our answers to some of the audience’s questions, were of use to those attending. At the end of the day, if we made a difference to just one business, then I’ve done my job properly.

Out of the 400 big players and 20,000 other businesses, projected to pay a Levy bill once the new legislation comes into effect, only a small percentage seem to have made any firm decisions about how to use it; never mind how it can shape their recruitment and training strategy.

At Remit Training we’re currently working across multiple sectors with some well-known brands to implement strategies to maximise available funds, before the Levy kicks in.

Knowing how a business wants to allocate its portion of the Levy pot is key to defining a strategy for 2017. Some brands are supporting entry level recruitment to boost their talent pool, while others are highlighting key roles within the business to support succession and talent development, providing continued support for internal academy and management development programmes.

Although different organisations will take a different path, each business embedding apprenticeships within its recruitment strategy will offer continuous career development opportunities for employees across their estates.

Many of our clients are keen to explore all their options and understand how they can maximise on their Levy pot. Following extensive scoping and development, we have now begun to work closely with each brand to understand the needs of their business, and support their learning and development strategies.

With time running out to make plans before April’s ‘lift off’, more brands need to be bold and make some decisions on how the apprenticeship Levy will affect their learning and development strategies now.

I’m delighted to say that just in the past few weeks, we’ve started on the path to supporting two new big brands in delivering their apprenticeship programmes. National retail brand, Carpet Right and healthy eating restaurant chain ITSU, have joined forces with Remit to deliver apprenticeship programmes, tailored to their specific needs and built to develop their talent pools.

Please get in touch with us at levy@remit.co.uk if you’re looking for advice on the best approach to dealing with the arrival of the Apprenticeship Levy. We can use our knowledge and expertise to guide you through the process.