College forms partnership to address apprenticeships

Fri 1 July 2016, 10:16 am

Reading-based University College of Estate Management (UCEM) has established a partnership with Eastleigh College in Hampshire to help the built industry prepare for the changes introduced by the government’s apprenticeship levy, which is coming into effect in April 2017.

The levy, announced by the government in November 2015, will see UK employers, with a gross annual pay bill of more than £3 million, charged at a rate of 0.5% to fund new apprenticeships and improve their quality. 

The aim is to make apprenticeship a more attractive path to a successful career, while making the British workforce better skilled and more competitive.

UCEM, which provides supported online learning for built environment professionals and is one of the largest providers of work-based training in the UK, said it will be working to make sure it’s ready to assist employers with those changes in advance of 2017. Its partnership with Eastleigh College will help UCEM to work with more employers and deliver more courses.

As a result of the partnership, new level three and level six apprenticeships will be offered to form people in different fields of the built industry, from surveying technician to construction site managers.

Ashley Wheaton, principal at UCEM, said: “I’m very pleased to be able to announce this partnership; we’re looking forward to helping even more students and employers with support and expertise from Eastleigh College.”


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