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By Shelley Measures, Aug 5 2019 03:44PM

Did you know that organisations with spare apprenticeship levy funds can transfer them to your charity? Here we give some hints and tips to show charities how to make the most of this golden opportunity.


As a charity, you may not be paying the apprenticeship levy, but did you know that there is still a way in which you could benefit from it? From April this year, employers can transfer up to 25% of their annual apprenticeship service funds (an increase from 10%) to another organisation. These transferred funds can then be used to fund an apprenticeship. This is a golden opportunity for charities.


Organisations who aren’t spending all their levy are looking for ways to do so. and supporting charities in this way may also fit perfectly with their corporate social responsibility policy. Any employer can receive a transfer, so charities of all sizes can benefit from having an apprenticeship funded by another organisation.


For example, we’re currently working with a local charity, The Feed in Norwich, which helps homeless and disadvantaged adults, training them in catering skills to increase their employability and self-confidence. The Operations Manager is about to enbark on our Leadership and Management Apprenticeship Programme funded by Kettle Foods.


Kettle Foods wants to really make a difference locally, and it already funds places on its catering training programmes, provides training sessions with its chef and helps raise awareness of The Feed’s valuable work. It made perfect sense to use its available levy pot to support its partner charity further. It’s definitely worth approaching and asking your supporters if they have any leftover levy that they’d be willing to transfer to you.


How to benefit from a transferred apprenticeship levy:


The transfer process itself is simple to do, but I’d recommend watching the Education & Skills Funding Agency videos.


Before a transfer can be made, both the sending and receiving organisations must be registered on the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS). The levy-paying organisation initiates the process. The receiving charity confirms and then adds the details of the apprenticeship. More details can be found on the gov.uk website.


Practical tips & hints


If you’re going to receive a transfer, there are some things that you should bear in mind:


The transferred funds can only be used for apprenticeship training and assessment


The funds can only be used for apprenticeship standards


You will need to create an account on the DAS portal


An agreement must be signed with the Educations Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)


The transfer of funds occurs monthly from the sending employers to your apprenticeship account


If the apprenticeship stops for whatever reason, so will the funding


You WILL NOT be required to pay back the funds

If the sending employer runs out of funds, you’ll be required to make a 5% contribution towards the programme; the government will pay the remaining 95%. The is called co-investment. Further information is on the www.gov.uk website


The cost of any training should not go above the funding band for the apprenticeship programme. For example, the funding band for the Leadership and Management Apprenticeship is £7,000. In the unlikely event that training costs exceed this amount, your charity would be liable for the outstanding amount. This shouldn’t happen but is something to be aware of if suppliers suggest adding extras to their programmes that won’t be covered by the levy.


If you’re being funded by a training provider, that provider cannot then deliver the training for that funded apprenticeship



If you have any questions about the apprenticeship levy transfer process, or would like to talk to us about our apprenticeship programmes could support you, contact the team on 01603 733006, email slice@cakepd.co.uk or visit www.cakepd.co.uk



By Shelley Measures, Jul 31 2019 11:31AM

It's our team meeting at CAKE HQ today and it got us thinking about why we have them.... We came up with our 8 reasons why:


1. Team meetings give us a place to, build relationships, to help each other and offer support.


2. They’re essential in understanding our colleagues’ aims, concerns, hopes, challenges, etc. Sometimes face to face is the only time you can really share it.


3. Team meetings provide us offer a ‘safe’ environment – it’s a chance to discuss things we may not be happy sharing by email.


4. A team meeting is an open forum where we have equal opportunity to talk and listen. Everybody gets the same chance.


5. Conference call is useful but can’t fully to replace a physical meeting. Of course, if there are no other options, conference calls will have to do, but if you are able to get together in person, then it’s invariably it’s much more rewarding to do so.


6. Team meetings allow all of us to lift our head out of day-to-day operations; it’s so easy to stay focused, head down. Team meetings are a chance to head up and focus on something else and work on cross-functional projects together.


7. Team meetings are a learning, development and improvement opportunity. Meetings are a crucial part of business and organisations and are a good place to learn about the wider organisation, how to work together towards our objectives, and share, and discuss what improvements we can achieve together.


8. The team meeting is a great reminder that we are in fact, in a team – and not alone!


These are our thoughts, we'd love to hear yours.


By Shelley Measures, Jun 26 2019 09:51AM

We are a little late with your update as the team was away at the CIPD Festival of Work at Olympia. It was great spending two days connecting with people and talking all things L&D, it was also the 2nd of our L&D Apprenticeship field trips. We are so proud to be supporting the careers of the L&D Professionals of the future. If you want to review the all the action, go to Twitter and search #FestivalofWork


A couple of updates for you this month...



Apprenticeship Service for all

From summer 2019, all employers, levy-paying or not, will start to have access to ESFA’s Apprenticeship Service. This will give employers of every size more control over the apprenticeships they want to offer and how to make them work for their business. The transition will take a year but by the end, SMEs will enjoy all the benefits currently reserved for levy payers. Here’s the full ESFA blog:


Standards as Standard


In less than 18 months, apprenticeship frameworks will be withdrawn to be fully replaced by standards. The frameworks are qualification-led and have been criticised by employers for leaving apprentices with skills and behaviour gaps – gaps that employers have had to fill with extra training. Standards are employer-designed and tailored to job roles, giving stronger and more relevant, practical outcomes. The current 400 standards will be increased significantly by the August 2020 frameworks removal deadline. Read more here:


Coaching Apprenticeship is nearly here


Margaret Burnside, Director of CAKE People Development has been part of the trailblazer group working on the standards for the new Coaching Apprenticeship Programme. We are so excited to be able to offer this programme soon, watch this space!!!!!!



If you have any questions regarding the Apprenticeship Levy or our programmes, please call on 01603 733006 or email slice@cakepd.co.uk.

By Shelley Measures, May 28 2019 09:41AM

When asked, most HR professionals predict that what will matter most over the next few years isn’t employee engagement or necessarily investing heavily in recruiting the best talent; it is actually the role of learning and development to grow their own.


It’s increasingly hard for organisations to recruit and retain good people, which is why it’s more critical than ever to invest in the up skill the talent within.


There is a definite shift away from the ‘war on talent’ where the lion share of investment has been made in recruiting the right talent, to developing learning environments allowing people to grow.


People want to grow and develop in their roles, whether it is a promotion or just making more of a contribution and impact in their current role.


All of which puts more onus on the L&D team, which we predict will elevate the importance of learning and development functions as they are challenged to support the businesses to meet their business goals.


The pace of change is so rapid, to be able to adapt and change at pace is key, and your L&D team need to be ready for the accelerated change.


The introduction of learning and development apprenticeships is the best business opportunity for an organisation to develop the capabilities and future proof its functions and by extension, the development and performance of its employees.



Download your copy of the brochure here, or to talk to a member of the team call 01603 733006.



By Shelley Measures, May 16 2019 12:28PM

In the two years since the launch of the Apprenticeship Levy much has changed, new standards have been introduced, funding bands cut and the change in rules around transfers are just a couple of examples.


At our recent apprenticeship update events, we heard comments such as, "It's too complicated, I’ve not even looked into it yet", "I receive so much information that’s not relevant, I don’t bother with it" and "I don’t understand the funding at all". So, to help cut through the noise and make sense of it all, we have launched the Apprenticeship Bulletin, a monthly roundup of apprenticeship news.


In our first issue, we explain apprenticeship funding transfer from one employer to another, remind levy payers of ‘use it or lose it’ starting in this month and share a bit of good news from one of CAKE’s client’s management apprentice.


Some good news: Increase in Transfer Allowances from April


If you pay the levy, your transfer allowance has gone up from 10% to 25% of your year’s levy total. You’ll see this in your service account from the end of April. You’re free to make a transfer to any employer you want for apprenticeships training and assessment. Many employers are choosing suppliers, customers and even local charities to benefit from this. Find more details, including a useful visual and video on the whole process here.


But a risk: No apprenticeships for non-levy payers?


Up to 98% of non-levy-payers could be left without apprenticeships if the levy pot runs dry. There are concerns that the current funding mechanism needs a £1 billion ‘safety net’, according to AELP. Successes such as NHS trusts using their transfers could be few and far between in the future unless there’s an overhaul in apprenticeship funding. There was a barrage of transfer-related questions at the recent Apprenticeship Conference, so it remains a hot topic. You can subscribe to AELP here. Their updates are frequent and punchy.


Some not so good news: Expiry of levy funds


From May, levy payers will start to lose their older, unused funds. If you’re affected, you’ll see money expire 24 months after it first appeared in your account. ESFA has created a Funding Projection Tool that you can use to see how your future funds will disappear. Here’s a full explanation. Just a warning – the video is a touch under half an hour but is very clear on how expiry works.


And finally some great news: Norfolk County Council apprentice gains promotion


James, one of our management apprentices at Norfolk County Council, got promoted to a team manager recently. James is a model delegate on his apprenticeship programme and says that the learning and networking with other managers were important his recent career milestone. He also thinks the management support he’s received from his employer to help him with the programme has been brilliant. At CAKE we believe learning success comes from a close partnership of apprentice, employer and CAKE. James is an excellent example of all three working really well together.


If you have any questions regarding the Apprenticeship Levy or our programmes, please call on 01603 733006 or email slice@cakepd.co.uk.


Regards

The CAKE team.






By Shelley Measures, May 2 2019 01:07PM

The path to becoming qualified hasn’t always been an easy one for the L&D Professional. The Learning landscape is shifting, a new era in being created in the development world; becoming qualified puts you in the best position to inspire employees, influence leaders, shape the organisational approach to boost innovation and growth.


The good news is with the apprenticeship levy, the route to becoming qualified has been made easier.

The bads news is that in May, businesses which are paying the levy, but who haven’t spent it, will start to lose it and the funds will gradually be returned to the Treasury. This means that organisations need to act or lose out.


BOOK YOUR TICKET TODAY


Join us for a day of learning, collaboration and networking where we will cover:


Apprenticeships 2 Years on – Margaret Burnside – CAKE People Development


We’ll share the very latest updates and help you understand how to make the most of your levy pot. During the session we’ll be covering:


• The Levy, paying or non-paying - What does that mean to business?

• Funding explained and made simple

• The new rules on funding transfers

• Using the Levy to support your business strategy

• How does a Leadership Development or Learning and Development Apprenticeship work?

• 20% off the job learning - What does that mean and how is it covered?

• Optional qualifications explained

• EPA - Endpoint assessment - What's involved and how is it managed?

• Case studies

• Q&A


The Changing Role of L&D: What Do Modern Practitioners Need to Be? - Steve Finch - Thinqi


The learning landscape of the modern workforce is undergoing a radical transformation. Learners are becoming more independent, and skills requirements are evolving, bringing fresh challenges for organisations to face. There's no denying L&D is changing, so it’s time for us to rethink the role of the L&D practitioner.


So, what do modern L&D practitioners need to be? This session explores some of the key roles the modern practitioner must embrace to achieve success, including:


• Collaborator - breaking down silos and being the conduit between business departments

• Coach & Mentor - supporting the independent learner's journey

• Analyst - gaining insight from data to drive decision-making

• Curator - harvesting and categorising content from the web


Each role is contextualised in the modern L&D setting, with examples of the challenges they present the modern L&D practitioner and how to overcome them to achieve success.


We then offer you the choice of 2 streams; Choose your session, swap part way through if you want to …


Stream 1 - Modern Learning in Practice - Steve Finch


This workshop gets you hands-on with Thinqi, a next-generation learning platform, where we’ll be exploring some of the workflows expected from modern learners. We’ll take a blended learning journey through some of the engaging experiences that are transforming the way businesses are approaching L&D including:


• Personalisation

• Informal resource libraries

• Learner-lead journeys

• Bite-size and microlearning

• Curation and creation

• Reward and recognition

• Digital body language and analytics


This session will give you practical experience of what modern learning looks and feels like for both learners and practitioners, with practical guidance on how you can take this back and apply it to your organisation.


Stream 2 – Social Learning (Collaboration and Coaching) - Margaret Burnside


A collaborative discussion prompted by coaching questions to encourage you to share what’s happening in your organisation. In an informal format, you will share experience with other L&D professionals through facilitated discussion. Questions like:


• How do you work with your stakeholders to truly identify needs?


• How do you involve your stakeholders in any learning solutions?


• Who is responsible for learning and development in your organisation?


• How do you measure the effectiveness of any learning interventions?


• How well established is coaching in your organisation?


• Who coaches? External, internal, managers, HR?


• How do people access coaching in your organisation?


• Where does Mentoring fit in?


BOOK YOUR TICKET TODAY


It’s all in – breakfast, snacks, tea and coffee, and a two-course lunch are included in the ticket price. NB – If you have a special dietary requirement? Just let us know, and we’ll make sure there’s something for you to enjoy.


We will be donating 50% of the tickets sales to www.you-make-it.org.


A wonderful charity, based in East London that offers a creative and inspiring programme for young women to access tools, networks, experiences and the confidence to transform their lives through personal empowerment. Their carefully crafted programme offers group learning, 1-1 mentoring, work experience and start-up support, along with 1-1 pastoral care and counselling to ensure that their participants thrive in every way possible. They are ensuring that all women, regardless of background, have access to the same opportunities to lead happy, independent and fulfilled lives.



BOOK YOUR TICKET TODAY






By Shelley Measures, Feb 28 2019 03:58PM

The Apprenticeship Levy was established just under two years ago to help employers to build a skilled workforce fit to “compete on the world stage”. However, not everyone is making the most of the opportunity…


In a bid to hit its declared target of training three million new apprentices by 2020, the government introduced the Apprenticeship Levy in 2016.


How does the Apprenticeship Levy work?

Effectively a tax on big business, the levy, which came into effect in April 2017, requires a spend of 0.5pc of the company payroll by firms paying more than £3m a year in salaries - fewer than 2pc of UK employers.


Does the government pay for apprenticeships?

The government slightly eased the burden by introducing a levy allowance of £15,000 a year, to be subtracted from the 0.5pc total.

Also, as well as the amount paid into the account, the government applies a 10pc top-up on funds, so that for every £1 paid in, the employer gets £1.10 to spend.

The purpose of the levy is to encourage employers to invest in apprenticeship programmes and develop their workforces.


Is there an Apprenticeship Levy deadline?

The catch is that businesses have been allowed 24 months to spend their funds before they expire.

And it is estimated that of the projected £2.7bn levy pot across all industries, just £370m (13.7pc) has been drawn down to fund courses, according to Department for Education (DfE) data.

March will mark 24 months since the levy was introduced, and under government rules any unspent levy from March 2017 will be lost on a rolling monthly programme, decreasing the funds in the employer’s levy pot.

This means that businesses need to act now or lose out.


How can CAKE help?

CAKE People Development believes in helping clients to develop and deliver their learning and development strategy via modern, innovative and blended learning Director Margaret Burnside says: “In April, the businesses which are paying the levy, but who haven’t spent it, will start to lose it and the funds will be gradually returned to the Treasury.


“We are here to support those organisations, to help them understand that the levy is a platform to engage with staff across all levels of the business to help them develop in their roles.


“Meanwhile, apprenticeships, whether in leadership and management or learning and development, offer opportunities for structured, professional learning, leading to recognised qualifications.”


Where can I find out more about apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are a huge opportunity for organisations to develop the performance and capabilities of their teams. It shouldn’t be seen as just an entry level or school leaver pathway.


A range of optionsare available to employers seeking to make the most of the levy, join us April 2nd to find our more.


Or email slice@cakepd.co.uk to find out how CAKE People Development can help find the right solution for your apprenticeship requirements





By Shelley Measures, Jan 7 2019 09:57AM

Julie Starr - Miro Vala - Nicola Millbank
Julie Starr - Miro Vala - Nicola Millbank

CAKE was delighted to award Miro Vala of Worldwide Fruit the CAKE Coaching Champion Award at their recent coaching and mentoring conference, The Coaching Conversation.


Miro was nominated by the HR Director, Tricia McCarron. She said “Miro is our ‘go-to’ person; he’s so passionate about helping others develop and has taken his role further than anyone lease in the business. He’s continuing his own development in his quest to help others. Recently he requested to work part-time, so he could create and develop his own coaching consultancy, and we were delighted to be able to support him with this.”


Here’s what Miro had to say when we caught up with him after the conference.


Congratulations on your award Miro. The judges recognised your vision, passion and energy for your coaching practice. The judges said how impressed they were with the work you are doing supporting the coaching culture within your organisation, going over and above your job role, and described you as a very worthy winner. You must be delighted.


“It feels great. I’m thrilled and honoured. The award isn’t just a recognition of my coaching work, but also, it is a recognition of those who have supported me on my coaching journey, from my managers and colleagues at Worldwide Fruit to my peers, coaches and coaching supervisors who I have worked and studied with over the past 5 years.”


CAKE believe that coaching it the vital ingredient in people development, we know you share that belief because for many years you have devoted yourself to promoting the importance of coaching at work way before it became the hot topic in business as it is now. Where did your interest in coaching stem from?


“This is a very interesting question. The more I have immersed myself in coaching, the more I realise it has been in me all along. I just didn’t pay attention to it until 2013 when I happened to attend a two-day coaching skills workshop facilitated by Nikki Millbank from CAKE. In my mind, this workshop triggered a tsunami of curiosity and subsequent learning about coaching, which formed my belief that coaching is the most effective way of learning and achieving. To me, coaching is a natural way of working.”


As well as supporting others to grow and develop, you are also committed to your own development and are currently studying with Henley Business School, for your Master’s Degree in Coaching and Behaviour Change. Tell us how your coaching journey started.


“As I already mentioned the two-day workshop was just the beginning that leads me to take up numerous other courses trying and learning various coaching styles and techniques to the point where I’m currently in the final stages of my MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change at Henley Business School. At the start of my journey, I attended many coaching conferences and workshops where I met and listened to other coaches and got the feeling of what the coaching industry is like. As a side effect, I became a regular to some of the events. And most of all I took every opportunity to coach.”


You have recently changed your working hours in order to develop your own coaching consultancy; the business said that three days of you were better than no days, which must be great to hear… What are your future plans for a coaching career?


“Actually I have been part-time for over a year now. My employer was supportive of the move which has given me the time to focus on my studies and establish my coaching practice. I formed a company called Better Sage which in fact becomes a platform for my future coaching career. My plan has been to provide a coaching environment that is valued by clients and coachees in the UK and overseas. I will continue to develop my coaching accreditation towards mastery and keep raising awareness of the benefits of coaching.”


Congratulations again Miro, you are indeed a very worthy winner and a true inspiration. We would like to wish you success in your studies and your future career and thank you for your time today.


For more information on The Coaching Conversation and CAKE, Coaching Awards email slice@cakepd.co.uk or call 01603 733006








By Shelley Measures, Jan 4 2019 01:00PM

“My coach was very good at identifying the key things I needed to work on and improve and as a result of the coaching I’ve developed relationships beyond my normal network of colleagues and I have since been promoted.”


Internal L&D Specialist at Natural England




You too will receive rave reviews like this after participating in our 1-day Masterclass. You’ve either started using 360-degree feedback internally and want even better results, or you’re considering using it for the first time. You may be an independent coach or leadership development specialist and you want to differentiate yourself by offering a more complete 360 feedback experience. We know what it takes to make the most out of 360 feedback. In conjunction with CAKE Pepole Development, we invite you to join us for an intensive one day Masterclass workshop in March 2019. You will learn how to:



Check if your organisation/your client is ready for 360


Create a bespoke 360 questionnaire that measures what you want leaders to focus on


Run Awareness Briefings to engage participants and get buy-in


Use the click-360 questionnaire platform and digital reports


Conduct a feedback coaching session ‘Explore Your click-360 Report’


‘Check-out’ feedback in the workplace, in readiness for the next step


Run the second feedback coaching session ‘Create Your click-360 Action Plan’


Use Organisational Insights (group-wide reporting)



The cost of the workshop includes x3 free credits on the click-360 SelfDrive platform. (worth £180) One of these credits is to enable you to undertake your own 360 so that your real data can be used in small-group working during the workshop, leaving two futher credits to be used with candidates of your choice. Attendance also includes a CAKE Certificate of Personal Development.



“The awareness briefings were extremely thorough. There was a real push to make sure everyone knew exactly what was expected of them.”


Ian McKetty, Chief Information Officer, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew


BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE


By Shelley Measures, Dec 19 2018 01:35PM

East Coast Community Healthcare was the proud recipient of the CAKE Best Coaching and Mentoring Initiative Award, presented at The Coaching Conversation 2018.


The award recognised the work it has undertaken to introduce coaching techniques into consultations with patients and clients with the aim of improving their care and health outcomes.


During the last four years, ECCH has been training its clinicians in health coaching techniques. It’s their belief that this will help patients to make healthier choices and motivate them to self-manage and improve their health as a result.


Health coaching is about having positive conversations with patients, promoting health, encouraging independence and preventing acute illness, since the beginning of the programme ECCH has trained over 350 of its employees and 100 staff from partner organisations in health coaching, as well as six accredited coaches.


In 2016 Director of Quality and CAKE Champion Award finalists, Dr Noreen Cushen – Brewster led a team from Norfolk’s health organisations to develop the Coaching Conversations Programme and accompanying book with the University of East Anglia.


With the backing of Health Education England and the Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformational Partnership, the health and social care workforce across East Anglia is now equipped to use coaching skills in everyday conversations.


The judging team at CAKE, led by Margaret Burnside – Director, was very impressed by this application of coaching. She said "It clearly demonstrated the difference in outcomes when you empower people to manage their own health and wellbeing. The submission outlined the approach and results in a compelling way, and the interview added a richness and passion to the entry. A major element of the judging criteria was whether others can learn from the initiative and the ECCH entry certainly demonstrated the transferability of approach."


Dr Cushen-Brewster said: “We are thrilled to have been recognised for the advances we have been making in introducing health coaching into all our conversations with users of our services. It helps people to take ownership of their care programme and set realistic goals that they want to achieve and that we can help them reach. I’m very proud of our training team and everyone at ECCH who has embraced health coaching principles with such enthusiasm.”


For further details on The Coaching Conversation and CAKE Coaching Awards follow www.cakepd.co.uk or call the CAKE Team on 01603 733006.


Take a look at the photo highlights of the day here.




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