The delivery partnership will provide companies looking to invest their apprenticeship levy, with two new Government approved, specialist apprenticeship alternatives, both of which will develop the existing skills of employees.
The apprenticeship levy currently obliges employers with annual paybills over £3 million to pay 0.5% of their bill into an apprenticeship fund, with contributions made each month, which can then be reinvested into staff training via approved apprenticeships.
However, for those employers struggling to find relevant programmes and qualifications to invest their money before the 24-month deadline, there is an urgency to invest apprenticeship levy funds into programmes that deliver tangible benefits for the business and the individual.
To give businesses more options on how to invest their levy, LMI-UK and Nescot College have combined their expertise to develop two new specialist courses that meet current apprenticeship standards.
The new Level 3 Team Leader/Supervisor and Level 5 Operations/Department Manager courses will now be made available to organisations looking to invest their funding and upskill their existing workforce.
Nick and the team at LMI-UK, will deliver courses that allow organisations to invest their funding effectively, whilst developing their people and driving productivity improvements.
The Level 3 Team Leader/Supervisor apprenticeship costs £5000 and runs over 18 months, whilst the Level 5 Operations/Department Manager programme costs £9000 and takes 24 months to complete.
The development is expected to nurture several new relationships between LMI-UK, Nescot College and organisations determined to make the most of the Government’s apprenticeship levy.
Director accepts leadership challenge
Nick Howes, Director at LMI, said: “The attraction of the delivery partnership is that it will ultimately benefit everyone involved. I believe that is why we have been successful in developing these two new courses for the College, which can see the long-term benefits.
“These two new apprenticeships encapsulate the very idea of a modern apprenticeship; we’re offering new skills that can only enhance the careers of all those completing the courses; there is no age limit too, which will help organisations plan their future leadership needs.
“Combining our experience of developing and delivering management and leadership training programmes, with Nescot College’s award-winning track-record of apprenticeship delivery, we have created two unique programmes that will give employees the skills and perhaps more importantly the confidence to become the leaders they and their employers need them to be.
Nescot College’s view
James Jennings, Head of Apprenticeships at Nescot College, said: “A lot of time and effort has been invested in the development of these new courses and to see them as finished products has made it all worthwhile.
“Already organisations are showing a great deal of interest. The first of these new programmes has been launched successfully with a prestigious global industry association having 25 of its people begin the Level 5 Operations/Department Manager apprenticeship.
“It is our aim to ensure apprenticeships are relevant to modern organisations and strengthen their workforce with additional skills; strong businesses create opportunities for employment.
“We spent time with Nick and the team at LMI-UK carefully planning the content of the courses and pinpointing areas for training and development based on employers’ requirements, and I believe the new courses will be extremely effective in helping develop people to their full potential.
“I expect the delivery partnership to be a great success and I’m confident that it will open up collaboration opportunities with other businesses in the future.”