Complete Training and Assessment Limited believe in qualifications for all. Complete work with a variety of Health and Social Care providers, both large and small, to support the workforce to upskill and develop new skills and knowledge. 


The Apprenticeships are designed to be suitable for a variety of roles in the Adult Social Care and Health sectors and include: -


  • Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship Level 2

  • Lead Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship level 3

  • Care Leadership and Management Apprenticeship Level 5

  • Business Administration Apprenticeship Level 2

  • Business Administration Apprenticeship Level 3

  • Team Leader/Supervisor Apprenticeship Level 3


Apprenticeships are a brilliant way to engage your existing employees, create an excellent opportunity to upskill teams, attract new talent and enhance your employer brand. The most successful businesses are upskilling their people at all levels - from new recruits to managers. We can help you make the most of your levy payments for all your team members - regardless of their age, position or experience.


Complete Training and Assessment have a vast range of experience in the Health and Social Care Sector and are driven by the sole aim of ensuring all staff are able to fulfil their potential and that the end user has a positive experience, being supported by highly trained and competent staff.


As standard we work with you to identify the needs of your organisation and will fully support you to meet these needs.


Apprenticeships are a form of vocational training that enable learners to gain skills necessary to succeed in their chosen career and earn money at the same time. They involve a combination of on and off the job training - apprentices work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills and receive training. An Apprenticeship is not a qualification in itself, but a framework that contains separately certified elements, including an appropriate work-based qualification at either level 2 or level 3 and Functional Skills 


Apprenticeships have been developed by employers and tailored to meet the needs of specific employment sectors. Apprenticeships are open to anyone over 16 years who wants to gain new skills and qualifications. More information can be found on the Apprenticeships website.


Guidance from the Skills Funding Agency on apprenticeship reforms and the Levy


Apprenticeships benefit employers and individuals, and by boosting the skills of the workforce they help to improve economic productivity. The apprenticeship reforms will support an increase in the quality and quantity of apprenticeships so that more individuals have the chance to pursue a successful career – whether this is their first step on the employment ladder or progression within a current employer or sector.


The reforms give employers more control over designing, choosing and paying for apprenticeship training. The government will double the annual level of apprenticeship spending between 2010-11 and 2019-20 to £2.5bn, which will be funded by the new apprenticeship levy. The levy will be paid by employers with a pay bill of over £3m from April 2017, less than 2% of employers in the UK.


The digital apprenticeship service


All employers in England will have access to a new, easy to use digital apprenticeship service that will help support them to manage their apprenticeship programme.


Functions for all employers

The following functions of the digital apprenticeship service are already available on GOV.UK to all employers:

·      Through the indicative online tool, employers can estimate their levy contribution, begin to plan their training requirements and estimate their financial spending.

·      Find apprenticeship training gives employers easy-to-digest information on the choices available them. Employers can search for and find an appropriate standard or framework, a quality-assured training provider, and compare one provider with another.

·      Through recruit an apprentice, training providers can post vacancies for apprenticeships and traineeships on behalf of employers. This will be opened up to employers at a later date.


For levy-paying employers


In addition to the functions available to all employers, from May 2017 levy-paying employers will be able to access funding for apprenticeships through their digital apprenticeship service account and:

·       negotiate and pay for apprenticeship training and assessment

·       manage their funding and apprentices, view their levy balance and plan their spending

·       stop or pause payments (for example, if their apprentice stops their training, takes a break from training or the employer hasn’t received the service agreed with the provider).

To access their funding, levy-paying employers will need to set up an account on the digital apprenticeship service from January using their Government Gateway ID and PAYE scheme details, which company payroll teams should have.


How does the levy work?

As an employer with an annual pay bill of more than £3 million, you pay 0.5% of this towards the apprenticeship levy through PAYE each month.


You have an allowance of £15,000, which reduces the amount you need to pay towards the levy.

As well as the allowance, the government tops up your levy payments by 10% in your digital apprenticeship service account. So, for every £1 you pay towards the levy, this will become £1.10.


How do you use the apprenticeship levy?

You’ll use your levy funds through your government apprenticeship service account. This is where you’ll receive your 10% top up and make payments for training. Companies will lose their funds if they don’t spend it within 24 months. 


If you are in a group of companies paying the levy together, your group can collect funds in a single account. The government currently allows levy-paying employers to transfer up to 25% of funds entering their apprenticeship service account to other employers. They can transfer funds to any employers or apprenticeship training agency.


What if you want to spend more than you have in your account?

When you’d like to benefit from more apprenticeships than your account will currently fund, you’ll move onto ‘co-investment’. This is where the government funds 95% of your apprenticeship training and assessment costs, and you pay the other 5% (previously 10%)


What can you use the levy for?

You can use your levy funds for apprenticeship training and end-point assessments for apprentices who work in England for at least 50% of the time. The levy covers your apprentice’s training and assessment within the scope of the framework or standard they’re following, and not things like wages and expenses. If the costs of training and assessment exceed the funding band maximum, you will need to pay the difference from your own training budget.


What if you don’t need to pay the levy?


If your annual pay bill is less than £3 million and you’d like to benefit from apprenticeships in your organisation, you’ll fund this through co-investment. This is where you’ll contribute 5% to the costs of training and assessing your apprentices, and the government will fund the remaining 95%. 

For smaller companies with fewer than 50 employees, the government will pay all the costs for new apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 to 24 who are leaving care or have a Local Authority and Healthcare plan.


For non-levy paying employers


By 2020, all employers will be able to use the digital apprenticeship service to pay for training and assessment for apprenticeships. Until then, non-levy paying employers will be able to continue to negotiate and agree their apprenticeship programme with their chosen training provider. 95% of non-levy paying employers’ apprenticeship training and assessment costs in England will be paid for by the government. The government will ask these employers to make a 5% contribution to the cost, paid directly to the provider, and the government covers the rest. This cost will be spread over the lifetime of the apprenticeship. The government is offering additional support to organisations with fewer than 50 employees by paying 100% of training and assessment costs for their apprentices aged 16-18 and for those aged 19-24 formerly in care or with a local authority education, health and care plan.


The new apprenticeship standards


The new standards put employers in control of designing apprenticeships, so people are equipped with the skills that meet the needs of their organisation. The reforms are:

·       replacing the existing complex frameworks with short, simple, accessible apprenticeship standards describing the skills and knowledge that an individual need to be fully competent in an occupation; and written by employers in a language they understand

·       improving the quality of apprenticeships through higher expectations of English and maths, more rigorous testing to ensure the apprentice is fully competent and raising aspirations for apprentices by introducing grading at the end of the apprenticeship

·       giving employers control of the funding so that they become more demanding customers


For more information then please call a member of the support team on 0161 6553827 and we will be more than happy to talk you through what is relevant to your organisation.

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