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If your business needs skilled people, the new apprenticeships are a fantastic solution. 

Research indicates that 80% of companies that invest in apprentices report an increase in staff retention, but that's just the beginning – there is also compelling evidence that progressing your brightest and best talent through apprenticeships can significantly boost the bottom line. 

We don't deliver apprenticeships ourselves, so you can rely on People 1st for impartial advice - we'll help you find an apprenticeship solution that's just right for your business.

Apprenticeships for levy paying businesses

Does your business have an annual pay bill of over £3 million? If so, you'll be subject to the apprenticeship levy, which comes into force in April 2017. Find out how you can benefit from the new apprenticeships and maximise your levy investment.

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Delivering apprenticeships as a provider or college

In the new apprenticeships, employers will procure the providers they need to help them maximise their apprenticeship investment. Find out how we can help you get up to speed with the changes and differentiate your business in a crowded market.

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Apprenticeships for small and medium businesses

The new apprenticeship standards are a great way to build talent and skills in businesses of all sizes. Find out how you can use apprenticeships to develop skilled and committed staff, increase retention and improve productivity. 

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Assessment organisations

The external quality assurance process for the new apprenticeships is currently being developed in consultation with assessment organisations. Find out more about the process and register for updates.

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Withdrawal of apprenticeship pathways

As a result of our sector consultation, and communication with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), People 1st is extending the withdrawal date of apprenticeships pathways for hospitality, travel, bus and coach, retail, funeral services and aviation as outlined here.

These dates are final with exception of the three highlighted pathways where the replacement standards are currently being developed and are subject to approval. Any queries regarding this announcement should be directed to


Catch up with our series of Apprenticeship Network webinars to help prepare your business for the levy and the new standards.

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