Employer changes outlined by Seevic

Friday, 10 February 2017

IMG_7858Local employers gathered at Seevic College this week to better understand the Government changes affecting them from April 2017.

An event organised by the college, based in Runnymede Chase, Benfleet, welcomed guests from various local organisations to highlight the Apprenticeship reforms taking place including the Apprenticeship Levy – a new Government fee on employers enabling them to invest in developing staff and take on more apprentices.

Principal Dan Pearson said: “We’re excited to form mutually beneficial and strong relationships with local employers like yourselves to support you during these changes.”

Discussing the developments taking place, John Revill, Deputy Principal (Planning & Funding) of the college, added: “With the levy and ‘Digital Voucher Service’ coming into play over the next couple of months, it’s key to understand how these will affect your organisation.

“Any funding provided by the Government will expire after 24 months if you are not using it for Apprenticeship training, so it is crucial for you to understand how you can best adapt to these reforms.”

Employer Melanie Tucknott, Manager of Oakdale Residential Home in Benfleet, spoke about her experiences of working with the college.  Melanie said: “I’ve had a brilliant four years working with Seevic, taking on both work experience students and apprentices.

“Joining a community of young people with those with dementia at Oakdale is really special to see. My current apprentice Nathan has been absolutely amazing; we’ve enjoyed teaching him what the industry is all about.”

Current Accounting apprentice at Rochford District Council Sam Fink added: “I’ve had fantastic guidance from the employment and guidance team at Seevic.  They have provided a consistent and efficient service throughout my time here.

Oakdale“Whether you’re a student looking to start an Apprenticeship, or an employer thinking of taking an apprentice on, I would definitely recommend Seevic College.”

Alongside Apprenticeships, employers were also introduced to Seevic’s new College Companies Insight and Live Creative.  These companies allow its students to work on real life projects with local and national organisations such as RSA and Castle Point Borough Council to gain valuable experience of the working world.  From graphic design to market research services, employers have access to these for free.

Mark Emmerson, Interim Director of Commercial Development at the college, concluded the evening by adding: “We appreciate there’s been a lot of information to take in this evening, but we are here to guide you through these developments.”

If you are looking to hire an apprentice or find out more about the Apprenticeship Levy, call 01268 882 658 or email employers@seevic-college.ac.uk.

A full list of services offered by Insight and Live Creative is available on the Seevic College website www.seevic-college.ac.uk

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