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Apprenticeship Funding Changes - Make Your Move Before You get Caught Out

Apprenticeship Funding Changes - Make Your Move Before You get Caught Out

29 June 2016

Nobody knows the precise detail of how changes to apprenticeship funding will affect employers in April 2017. However one thing is certain - the changes are coming and all employers will have to contribute to the cost of apprenticeship training after March 2017.

National training provider, Remit Training, is advising garage owners looking to recruit apprentices in the next year to make their move now, before they feel the effects of next year’s funding reforms.

Automotive Development Director, Mick Pilling, says it’s important to make sure independent garage owners make the most of the current funding system. He said: “We’re already handling our traditional summer recruitment demand and are urging employers considering an apprentice to take them on this summer, rather than wait until April.”

Mick added: “We are able to offer our well established light vehicle technician apprenticeships this summer.

In addition, however, we have taken the decision to add a significantly enhanced apprenticeship training programme to meet the stringent requirements of the new Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician [light vehicle] Trailblazer. This is to be offered to independent garages that have a real commitment to ensuring that their apprentice has the very best training experience. The recruitment of apprentices to this programme will ensure a higher caliber of apprentice. This summer there are also new financial incentives for employers who work with us on this programme. Employers from our industry have established these new standards and the RMI were part of that group”.

“We are able to steer our partner employers through planned changes, but our message to all independent garages is to consider their options now and have a plan in place to ensure they maximise the opportunity before new charges come into place.”

As a training provider, Remit helps manage and deliver all aspects of the apprenticeship, assisting apprentices in achieving their technical skills and competence, functional skills and provides social support where it’s needed. The team is on hand to support employers from the start to the end of an apprenticeship.

General apprenticeship enquiries should go to automotiveapprenticeships@remit.co.uk.

Employers wanting to find out more about the new enhanced programme should contact mick.pilling@remit.co.uk.