Non-Levy Paying / S.M.E. Employers

The Sysco group is one of the leading providers of training solutions and consultancy in the North West. We work with SME employers to maximise their training ROI through a range of employment and skills services designed to meet their specific needs. There is up to 100% funding available depending on the circumstances of your organisation and employees and employers have the opportunity to enhance any qualification with an additional short course. Sysco Business Skills Academy is a pioneer in Apprenticeship Standards delivery and are able to provide accredited and non accredited training that compliment our Apprenticeship training.
We offer bespoke courses tailored to meet the demands of individual businesses that increase the industry specific knowledge of its employees. Sysco provides diagnostics on your business that involves standardised testing on employees and prospective learners to ascertain their current level of attainment. This enables us to understand both the business and the learners’ needs and provide the appropriate level of training.

The Apprenticeship Reforms and SME Employers

As part of the recent Apprenticeship Reforms, from April 2017, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) will, in most cases, be required to contribute 10% to the cost of Apprenticeship Training. Sysco offer a wide range of Government funded training solutions. We are at the forefront of the Apprenticeship Reforms and are recognised by CIH and the ILM. We have been working with clients to identify savings associated with the Apprenticeship programme that often outweigh the initial cost. We work with clients to deliver tailored and bespoke training solutions that maximise their contribution and associated ROI at the same time as delivering savings that exceed initial investment.
Think of providing in Apprenticeships as a CPD and training investment. By implementing a successful Apprenticeships programme you will be able to develop the skills of your workforce and drive business improvement. As one of the North West’s leading Apprenticeship providers, we have worked with 8,000 employers and supported around 15,000 apprentices.
Our team can help you understand the impact of the reforms and to help you plan, develop and deliver your Apprenticeship programmes. As part of a fully managed training solution, our flexible holistic approach offers the perfect solution. We understand the importance of engaging with both apprentices and managers to make your programme a success. We can offer Apprenticeships in a range of subjects and we’ll work with your organisation to identify the right mix of training / qualifications to meet your business needs. Information on each section of the reforms can be found by following the links below. Alternatively, contact us today to find out how we can help you boost both your organisation's and staff's potential.

The Apprenticeship Levy and the Implications for SME Employers

SME Employers with wage bills of less than £3million will also be affected by the reforms being brought in, including a requirement that in some cases employers will be required to contribute to the cost of training and assessment
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 SME employers will continue to negotiate and agree their apprenticeship programme with their chosen training provider.
  • SME employers will have to make a cash contribution towards the cost of training and assessing an Apprentice. The Government will pay 90% of the cost with the employer paying 10%.
  • However, if the employer has less than 50 staff and they recruit a 16 to 18 year old Apprentice, the Government will pay 100% of the cost of the training and assessment.
  • The Government are simplifying Apprenticeship funding by placing every Apprenticeship into one of 15 funding bands, ranging from £1,500 to £27,000.
  • This means that employer contributions could be as little as £150 and can go to a maximum of £2,700, depending on the type and level of the Apprenticeship training.
  • All employers, regardless of size will receive an additional support payment of £1,000 for employing an apprentice who is aged between 16 and 18, even where the Government has funded 100% of the training and assessment costs.
  • The training provider that the employer works with to deliver the Apprenticeship will also receive an incentive payment of £1,000 from the Government for delivering Apprenticeship training for a 16 to 18 year old.
  • Support payments of £1,000 will also be available to employers who take on Apprentices aged between 19 and 24 who were formerly in the care of a local authority or who have an Education Plan.

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