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BPIF champions apprenticeships with new initiative

The British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) is to host a special webinar to demonstrate the advantages that apprenticeships can offer to print companies.

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Industry members can access the webinar via the BPIF website at 10am on March 23

Taking place on March 23, the session on the BPIF website will also focus on the various changes to apprenticeship schemes and what this means for businesses that use the system or are considering starting a scheme.

In a statement outlining its position, the BPIF says: “It has come to the BPIF’s attention that some print companies are still unaware of what could be in store for them come April, and time is running out to get to grips with it.

“The very basics seem to be understood; if your company has a pay bill over £3m, you will be paying the levy at 0.5 percent; and if your pay bill is below this, you won’t. 

It has come to the BPIF’s attention that some print companies are still unaware of what could be in store for them come April, and time is running out to get to grips with it

“However, the Government can change not only the threshold for the pay bill, but also the percentage of the levy, as they please. So those that take the attitude of ‘I won’t be paying the levy so I don’t need to know’ could be impacted down the line.

“In addition to the levy, there are also changes to funding for apprenticeships, the process for paying for apprenticeships, the structure of the apprenticeships themselves, and incentive payments.”

Meanwhile, the BPIF marked the recent National Apprenticeship Week with a visit to Jaguar Land Rover, a letterpress workshop and the second edition of its ‘Apprentice Newsletter’.

Apprentices on the trip were hosted in the Jaguar Land Rover Education Business Partnership Centre, an education facility at the heart of an industrial environment.

I really enjoyed learning and seeing how a different type of business from the one I work in operates and how the processes involved in car manufacturing can relate similarly to the way the printing industry operates

Alice Murray of Hunts and a BPIF Apprentice Council member comments: “This was a great opportunity to see how the UK’s largest car manufacturer operates. 

“I really enjoyed learning and seeing how a different type of business from the one I work in operates and how the processes involved in car manufacturing can relate similarly to the way the printing industry operates. 

“The tour around the factory was a brilliant experience and the team building exercises were great fun.”

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