Helping you make
the most of the Apprenticeship Levy

Created and led by the IPA, Creative Pioneers2 is here to help agencies who want to make the most of the Apprenticeship Levy. It brings together best in class apprenticeship provision with industry leadership to create something unique for our members and their affiliated agencies.

WHO ARE CREATIVE PIONEERS 2?

HOW CREATIVE PIONEERS2 HELPS AGENCIES

We work with Agencies to plan for the levy, creating your bespoke timetable of apprenticeship programmes for the mix of employees that's right for you.

We work with Agencies to recruit new hires and onboard existing employees into apprenticeship programmes, at no extra cost.
Creative Pioneers2 delivers high quality, levy-compliant apprenticeship programmes that will make a bottom line difference.

UNIQUELY PLACED TO HELP YOU

We offer you the expertise the IPA has built through Creative Pioneers 1 (nearly 600 apprenticeships in 100+ agencies since 2012) powered by the Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ capabilities of Arch, the country’s leading provider of digital, media and technology apprenticeships.

WHAT IS THE LEVY & HOW DOES IT WORK?

The Levy is a new Government initiative started since April 2017 to solve the conundrum in which UK employers say they do not have the skills they need to invest much less in training than OECD peers.

HMRC takes 0.5% of payroll (above £3m) monthly and puts it into a digital account via the Apprenticeship Service as electronic vouchers that employers can use but only for approved apprenticeship training programmes. Vouchers will expire after 2 years: ‘use it or lose it”!

The good news is that the range of available programmes and their quality is growing and now pretty much everyone is eligible.

THIS IS AN EXCITING OPPORTUNITY

Apprenticeships funded through the levy are a big opportunity for Agencies, because of who can be trained through apprenticeship and the growth of relevant and tailored apprenticeship programmes for our sector.

Who can be trained

  1. School leavers/people right at the start of their career
  2. Graduates
  3. Business-as-usual hires in the first 2-4 years of their career
  4. Existing employees who need to re/up-skill

Big Wins

Diversity: hire school leavers who aren’t from ‘central casting’
Better recruitment and retention: job+training = more attractive job (easier to hire into), then visibly invest in people so they don’t want to job-hop
Future proof your skill base: upskill existing staff

What apprenticeship programmes are there?

This is going to be a continually shifting picture!  Lots of new programmes are under development and/or awaiting approval from Government.  

For now, look at these 11 programmes to be the base of your levy:

  • Digital Marketer
  • Junior Content Producer
  • Infrastructure Technician
  • IT Web Developer
  • Data Analyst
  • Software Developer
  • IT Network Engineer
  • Digital Leadership
  • HR Consultant
  • Accounting Technician
  • Assistant Accountant

These cover a broad range of roles and will enable most agencies to get going with valuable and relevant training programmes.

Ones that have not yet been developed but that Creative Pioneers2 is leading the development of are Media Planning & Buying and Advertiser (working title).

Some are right for people at entry level, others for those a few years in and looking to turbo-charge their progress and yet others are suitable for fast rising managers.

GET STARTED

The levy began in April 2017, and companies can no longer afford to ignore it. Plan now to eliminate the levy headache to ensure immediate maximum return.

Download our How to Plan for the Levy guide.

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