Careers Fair and Apprenticeship Levy briefing

Students can get first-hand advice about their dream jobs at a Careers Fair at Channelside

Business leaders will hear how the Apprenticeship Levy will impact on them and about new opportunities to upskill the workforce at a special briefing at Furness College tomorrow (Tuesday March 14th).

The college is holding the event in advance of its annual Careers Fair to update employers on the changes to the way apprenticeships are funded from next month as well as fully-funded training
opportunities through The Edge £8.5million contract.

Director of Business Development and Marketing Helen Wharton, who will lead the briefing, said the college was working with employers across South Cumbria to raise awareness of the opportunities available.

“We have been speaking to businesses about the levy and what it will mean for them to ensure they are levy ready,” she said. “There are significant opportunities for companies to ‘grow their own’ skilled workforce and it’s a great time to invest in apprenticeships and talk to us about training requirements.

“The levy will help to support quality training, and employers who are committed to training will be able to get more out than they pay in.”

From next month, employers with a wages bill in excess of £3 million will pay the levy charged at a rate of 0.5 per cent of the entire pay costs. Those with a wages bill of less than £3 million won’t pay anything, but will still be able to access funds to pay for apprenticeship training.

The briefing starts at 2.30pm and places can be booked by contacting the college.

Following this, Furness College has invited school pupils in Year 9, 10 and 11 and people looking for a career change to its Careers Fair from 3.30pm to 6.30pm.

Up to 50 major employers and training providers will be on hand so pupils can get first-hand advice about jobs after their academic courses. Sectors include healthcare, childcare and education, nuclear, engineering, construction, tourism, retail, business and hospitality as well as training providers and universities. There will also be staff from Furness College’s Channelside and Rating Lane campuses on hand to talk about further education options, apprenticeships, sixth form and degree courses.

Mrs Wharton said it was a great opportunity for pupils to plan ahead and speak to employers about what they were looking for in employees and the type of roles coming up.

“Whether you’re at school, about to leave school or considering a career change, we’ll have everything you need under one roof to set you off on your chosen career path. We will also have staff from all curriculum areas who will all be on hand to answer your career-related questions.”

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