H&S NEWS | Engineering Company Fined after Apprentice Injury

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An engineering company has been fined after an apprentice was injured by a lathe. Health & Safety Executive investigators found the company had failed to carry out correct control measures and implement a safe system of work. Exposed Moving Parts The court heard “safeguarding” interlocks in a CNC lathe were overridden to allow operation while doors […]

Young workers at higher risk of injury

Health & Safety Risks for Younger Workers

The government’s target of three million apprentices by 2020 is set to challenge the employers taking them on. Aside from how everything will be paid for, they also need to be aware of the increased Health & Safety risks surrounding young people. Clearly youngsters lack experience. They are less aware of workplace risks and more […]

Hefty damages for ending apprenticeship early

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In Scotland, an Employment Tribunal has ordered an employer to pay £25,000 in damages for terminating an apprenticeship early. Facts Mr Kinnear was an apprentice Roof Tiler with Marley Contract Services. He was employed on a four year fixed-term apprenticeship. The contract was signed in October 2014 and was due to end in November 2018. […]

The future of apprenticeships


April 2017 sees major changes coming into play for apprenticeships in England. Some of the previous winners of the hit BBC show The Apprentice may not have attained dazzling heights of success, but the value of apprentices for businesses should not be underestimated. As apprentices learn their craft on the job, they understand how your […]

Apprenticeship Funding Guidance for Employers

Apprenticeships remain high on the Government’s agenda, despite everything else that is going on. The apprenticeship levy, payable by employers with annual pay bills of more than £3 million, reported here, is due to come into force in April 2017. Employers who pay the levy will be able to draw on those funds to pay […]

Apprenticeship Levy – Guidance for Employers

Apprenticeship Levy

Further to the announcement that an Apprenticeship Levy will be introduced from April 2017 (reported here), the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) has issued some guidance. The purpose of the levy is said to “make apprenticeship funding sustainable”. The headlines are: This will affect all UK employers in the private and public sector […]

Apprenticeship Levy

Apprenticeship Levy – Guidance

As we have reported previously, the Government is committed to increasing the number of apprenticeship opportunities in the coming years. To assist in funding this, an Apprenticeship Levy is to be introduced in April 2017. Employers will be required to pay a levy of 0.5% of their total gross annual pay bill, subject to an […]

Apprentice Contracts

Apprentice Contracts

Apprentices have become an important part of the Government’s plans to encourage growth in the economy. In August it was announced that companies bidding for Government contracts worth more than £10m would need to show that they have employed with them a “reasonable proportion” of apprentices. This followed the announcement of 16,000 new apprentices in […]