Businesses learn about the introduction of the Apprenticeship Reforms and Levy at the Enterprising Barnsley HR Networking event

70 Barnsley businesses attended a business networking event to learn about the Apprenticeship Reforms and the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy and the impact this will have on their business.

The event, organised by Enterprising Barnsley and Barnsley College, took place on Thursday 20 October, at the Digital Media Centre, Barnsley.

Delegates heard from Mark Hayes, Commercial Director at THINK, specialists in providing education and business support to organisations about the Reforms and the Levy. Other speakers included XPO Logistics’ Training Manager Nick Icke, who spoke about the benefits of employing apprentices. They currently employ 39 apprentices including Corie Wagstaff, a Level 2 Warehousing and Storage apprentice and have recently employed former apprentice Chris Shadwell on completion of his apprenticeship with them.

Along with hearing about the reforms, delegates had the opportunity to find out about the range of training and support services available to them, including I Know I Can, Lavender International, RISE, Sheffield City Region Skills Bank, Sheffield Hallam University, Skills Made Easy and T3 Training and Development.

Enterprising Barnsley’s HR Business Consultant, Judy Sidebottom, said: “We’ve had a record breaking number of attendees at this event which demonstrates that businesses want to develop their workforce by utilising apprenticeship training. With the support of Barnsley College, we’ve been able to host an event that helps businesses to understand the changes to apprenticeships and the introduction of the Levy.”

“The Apprenticeship Levy will be introduced in April 2017 and will have implications for all businesses, regardless of the size or sector they operate in.”

Tricia Smith, Director of Business Development at Barnsley College, added: “The Apprenticeship Levy will be introduced in April 2017 and will have implications for all businesses, regardless of the size or sector they operate in.

“It’s really important that we work with businesses to help them understand the changes and continue to work collaboratively to deliver bespoke training packages now and in the future, which meet current and emerging employer need.”

This event is part of a programme of business support organised through the Barnsley HR Network, funded by Enterprising Barnsley. The HR Network gives Barnsley businesses easy access to free specialist advice on Human Resources.

The HR Network aims to help Barnsley businesses of all sizes develop and deliver excellent HR practices by providing free expert advice and up-to-the-minute briefings.

For more information about the Apprenticeship Reforms, the Levy or business training, contact us by calling 01226 216 166 or emailing

Last updated: 7th November 2016

Originally posted on: 7th November 2016