KPMG launches apprenticeship service for firms

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By Andrew Harbison, CA Today

19 August 2016

KPMG has partnered with the Open University (OU) to launch a service to provide businesses with apprentice programmes ahead of next year’s apprenticeship levy.

The new apprenticeship levy, which is due to be introduced in April 2017, is an effort from the government to boost UK productivity, with the target of having three million apprentices in the scheme by 2020.

The apprenticeship levy requires all employers operating in the UK, with a pay bill over £3 million each year, to make an investment in apprenticeships.

The service offered by KPMG and the OU intends to help employers identify their training need and how to get the most value out of the levy. The Big Four firm will work with organisations to identify their future training needs and identify skills gaps. The OU will then provide apprenticeships along with the relevant training via online learning supported by tutors.

“The new levy has the potential to help organisations unlock productivity in their workforce by upskilling employees in areas which align to their overall commercial objectives,” said Mark Williamson, partner at KPMG.

“Employers can use the levy to deliver training to every layer of their organisation, from school leavers to executives, and truly embed the skills needed to meet their commercial ambitions.”

The three initial apprenticeships provided will be a healthcare practitioner assistant higher, a chartered manager degree and a digital and technical solutions degree.

“Employers can use the levy to deliver training to every layer of their organisation, from school leavers to executives, and truly embed the skills needed to meet their commercial ambitions,” said Ian Howell, Director of the business development unit at the OU.

“By working together with KPMG, we can not only help organisations tap into unlocked potential of their people, but help increase the confidence and skills of individuals in key sectors for the benefit of our national economy.”

All of the Big Four either currently offer apprenticeship programmes, or are planning to do so.

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