The Furniture Makers’ Company, the furnishing industry’s charity, is organising a one-day conference to inform the UK furnishing industry about the implications of the forthcoming Apprenticeship Levy and wider educational issues affecting the sector.

The ‘Bridging the Gap’ conference is taking place at Furniture Makers’ Hall, London on Thursday 18 May 2017.

The Apprenticeship Levy comes into effect on 6 April 2017 and is part of the government’s commitment to creating 3 million apprenticeships in England by 2020.  The levy requires all employers operating in the UK with an annual pay bill of more than £3 million to spend 0.5% of the total to help fund apprenticeships.

Chaired by Gary Baker, managing director of CD UK, the Bridging the Gap conference will feature expert speakers from industry to demystify the levy and educate businesses as to how they can access the levy’s funding to develop and train their workforce by working with recognised training centres and colleges.

OAL will be presenting at this prestigious event.  Lisa Williamson, Operations Manager said

Occupational Awards are working with a range of employers to design apprenticeship programmes to meet needs of employers in the industry, for example we are developing a Furniture Retail Apprenticeship programme.  This will ensure those selling furniture better understand the products, materials and regulations amongst other things.

We are also working with trade associations across the industry to help and support employers implement apprenticeship programmes, upskill their workforce and plug skills gaps.

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