Hayes says that firms that contract directly with the government to train apprentices will now benefit from simplified payment, reporting and assessment requirements.They will also receive better guidance to help them manage the recruitment, training and assessment of apprentices more efficiently and cost effectively. “I’m determined that more employers and learners than ever should have the opportunity to benefit from our unprecedented investment in apprenticeships. Where red tape and bureaucracy deters employers from taking on apprentices, we’ll sweep it away,” comments Hayes. “That will give more firms access to the skills they need to thrive, creating new jobs and new growth, and it will give many more individuals better prospects and the chance to gain a real stake in society.” Key aspects of the action plan for cutting red tape for employers include:
- A pilot for more than 20 large employers who have volunteered to trial “payment by outcomes” which will eliminate a number of data returns and audit requirements.
- Providing an online plain-English toolkit for employers that clearly explains the process of taking on apprenticeships.
- Streamlining contracting arrangements.
- A more proportionate approach to audit and inspection, reducing preparation time for employers.
- Greater use of electronic information to reduce paperwork.
- A more streamlined certification process.
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