Page last updated 20 September 2017

LGSS success in apprenticeship levy 

LGSS has been recognised by the Local Government Association (LGA) for its contribution to successfully implementing the apprenticeship levy across a number of organisations.

Working with the LGA, HM Revenue & Customs and the Schools Funding Agency, LGSS has developed an approach and initial strategy for its customers to identify how best to utilise the apprenticeship Levy to meet their current needs.

Opportunities for apprenticeships to address future potential skills shortages were identified and benchmarking was undertaken to support a comprehensive overhaul of apprenticeship policies, pay and process to support the implementation of the levy. LGSS has also worked with multiple payroll providers and customers to enable them to claim back the levy funding for qualifications.

Following recognition of LGSS' achievements at an East of England Local Government Organisation (EELGA) conference in June 2017, the LGA are now developing a case study to assist local authorities in implementing the levy, based on LGSS' approach.

Martin Cox, LGSS HR Director said: "LGSS has been a trailblazer in its approach to implementing the apprenticeship levy in the public sector. LGSS will soon be the first organisation in the UK to undertake bespoke strategic workforce planning training to develop further capacity in this area".

In addition, LGSS has been appointed as an approved apprenticeship training provider, and will launch its Apprenticeship Qualification Academy in September 2017. The academy will work closely with employers to ensure that apprenticeship programmes meet business needs and will provide off-the-job training for apprentices.

In place since 6 April 2017, the apprenticeship levy requires employers with an annual pay bill over £3m per year to pay into a government-controlled fund reserved for apprenticeship training. Apprenticeships are open to anyone, with the opportunity to study some subjects up to a degree and master's degree level.