GCU event to demystify the apprenticeship levy

24 April 2017

GCU event to demystify the apprenticeship levy

An event aimed at helping businesses and employees make the most of the Apprenticeship Levy, which comes into force in April, is to be held at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) this week.

From April 6, all UK employers with annual salary bills of more than £3 million will pay the levy. It is aimed at funding apprenticeships across the UK and the rate will be 0.5% of the employer’s pay bill.  The UK Government estimates that 2% of employers will be eligible.

The Scottish Government is committed to the expansion of the Modern Apprenticeship programmes and to increase the number of Graduate Level and Foundation Apprenticeships during 2017-18. During this time, Scotland will receive £221million of levy funding through the block grant.

On Tuesday, April 25, GCU will host an event in partnership with Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and Glasgow Chamber of Commerce to help employers understand more about the levy and how GCU can help turn levied funds into development opportunities for working people.

GCU is the first university in Scotland to roll out two of three Graduate Level Apprenticeship (GLA) programmes from May, namely BSc Hons Software Development for Business; and BSc Hons IT Management for Business. The third programme, BSc Hons Engineering Design and Manufacturing, will start in September. These programmes will be delivered in partnership with SDS and leading sector-related companies.

Students will be recruited and employed by participating companies and will study part time over four years to complete with honours. These GLAs will be delivered flexibly and a large element of learning will be accomplished through work-based activities. Although the initial three programmes are to Honours-degree level, the concept is ultimately to provide work-based learning opportunities up to Masters-degree level for employees across a variety of sectors.

If you would like to attend the event, or receive further information, please contact Claire Young on 0141 331 3140 or claire.young@gcu.ac.uk

To find out how to get involved with any of the above Graduate Level Apprenticeships at GCU, please contact Ronnie Beattie on 0141 331 8418 or ronnie.beattie@gcu.ac.uk