Apprenticeship Levy Conference

Tuesday, 20 Mar 2018, 10:00 - 15:00


Since April 2017 employers with a pay bill of more than £3m per year have had to pay the Apprenticeships Levy and unfortunately, charities are not exempt to this cost. Employers - including charities - lose any unspent funds and the government will then redirect funds to subsidise the cost of apprenticeship training for other employers.

The conference will help charities understand how they can spend their Apprenticeship Levy through introducing/expanding apprenticeships in their workforce.

Who should attend?

Heads of/directors of finance and HR.

This event is kindly hosted by:




Registration and refreshments

10.15 – 10.30

Chair’s welcome 

10.30 -11.00

Types and levels of apprenticeships

 If you want to start an apprenticeship scheme, how do you look and assess which levels might be right for your organisation?

Stephen Baker, Associate Director, Employer Solutions & Tom Pierce, Executive, Talent Services, Grant Thornton

11.00 – 11.30

Case study 

11.30 – 12.00

Providing training for your apprentices

 How do you choose training provider? What is the mark of a good provider?What are the things you should look out for?

Steve Woolcock, Head of Employment Training and Skills ETS & Geoff Mount, Head of Operations for the North, Barnado's



12.45 – 13.30

Apprenticeship levy and financial planning

 What are the costs of having apprentices and how do you make sure that your financial plan is suitable? How do you assess where the most money should be spent?

Stephen Baker, Associate Director, Employer Solutions & Tom Pierce, Executive, Talent Services, Grant Thornton 

13.30 – 14.15

Impact and Evaluation

 How do you assess if the scheme is going well for you, taking note of the impact and consistent evaluation of the service.

 What steps should you take if it is not going well? 

Beth Murray, Director of Communications and Engagement and Chris Stoker-Jones, Director of Vocational Training, Catch22

14:15 – 14:45

Troubleshooting session

 Speakers from the earlier sessions will be on hand to discuss any queries you may have about the levy and your charity.


 Chair’s close and end of conference 

Venue Details


Grant Thornton UK LLP, 30 Finsbury Square, LONDON, EC2A 1AG

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Bookings & Prices


  • Early Bird CFG Charity Member  - £81.00;
  • Early Bird Grant Thornton Charity Client - £81.00;
  • CFG Charity Member - £101.00;
  • Grant Thornton Charity Client - £101.00;
  • Non CFG Member Charity - £132.00;

Terms and Conditions:

Written notice of cancellations up to 21 days before an event will incur a 25% administration fee. After this time period, a 100% cancellation charge will apply. Substitutions (i.e. name changes) for the course booked can be made free of charge.

CFG reserves the right to cancel any event two weeks prior to the event date. You will be entitled to a full refund or given the opportunity to transfer to an alternative date. However we regret that we cannot refund any travel or accommodation costs incurred by delegates. CFG accepts no liability if an event is cancelled or postponed for reasons beyond our reasonable control resulting from an act of God, governmental regulation, fire, war, terrorist activity or civil commotion.

It may be necessary for reasons beyond our control to change the date, time or the venue at any time prior to the event date. If this occurs you will be informed of changes and given the opportunity to cancel or transfer to an alternative date.

CFG reserves the right to amend the content of the programme or the speakers where necessary without consulting booked delegates.

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