Changes to Apprenticeships Unpacked

15 Jun 2016

In November 2012, the Richard Review of Apprenticeships set out ambitious plans to make apprenticeships more employer-responsive.  The changes are designed to put employers in the driving seat, increase quality, simplify the system and give employers purchasing power.

 CCB (Cornwall College Business) is one of the leading Colleges for Apprenticeships in the south west, working with thousands of businesses of all sizes.  They are actively tracking the Trailblazer reforms, also called “new standards” to help both existing and new customers understand the changes and get the most from them.  It is recognised that many businesses in the south-west don’t have the time or the expertise to identify what these changes might mean for their business.

 Jacqui Franklin, Development Manager & Trailblazer lead at CCB said: “The new Apprenticeship reform allows employer groups to develop new standards together and tailor apprenticeships around particular jobs.   There is also greater opportunity to look at developing the wider workforce through apprenticeships, with the diversity of standards already developed and through those available at higher levels.”

 Jacqui continues: “The government target of 3m apprenticeships by 2020 will be met, in part, by the Public Sector, who will be required to have 2.3% of their headcount as apprentices.  We are working with many public sector partners on their workforce planning to help them meet these targets.

 The government invested £1.5 million in apprenticeships during 2014/15 and will continue to contribute to the funding of apprenticeships, although the way that the government funds all apprenticeships is changing. 

The changes will include co-investment by the employer.  A proportion of employer’s costs will be offset by government funds to purchase apprenticeships and through incentive payments, subject to eligibility.   Larger businesses with annual pay-bills in excess of £3m will be subject to the Apprenticeship Levy which they can use to defray the cost of their apprenticeship schemes.

 Jacqui finishes: “We all know that successful apprenticeships are key to developing the local economy and that changes can be challenging for businesses.  We are committed to working with businesses of all sizes to support them through the reform process to ensure that apprenticeships remain an essential part of every businesses workforce development planning.


To find out more about Apprenticeships and Trailblazers you may like to contact your local college or CCB’s Apprenticeship Recruitment Team on 0845 6099 599,



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