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We live in a time of unprecedented technological change, nowhere more so than in the creative industries. So how do we get ready, gear up for, and make the most of what’s coming? With a scheme that recruits, teaches and trains the next generation of marketers, planners, analysts, developers, and designers. A scheme that understands we won’t have a future if we don’t invest in the future. And a scheme now even better placed to help any employer, who pays the Apprenticeship Levy.

Meet Creative Pioneers 2.

HOW CREATIVE PIONEERS2 HELPS AGENCIES

At Creative Pioneers we work with you to create bespoke opportunities for the school leavers and graduates you want to hire and the existing staff you want to upskill. All at no extra cost. The result is high quality, levy-compliant apprenticeship programmes that will make a bottom line difference.

WHO ARE CREATIVE PIONEERS2?

Creative Pioneers2 is the successor to Creative Pioneers, the scheme that has placed nearly 600 apprenticeships in over 100 agencies since 2012. It is a collaboration between some of media’s leading influencers, created and developed by the IPA, supported by the Creative Industries Council, promoted by Metro and delivered by Arch Apprentices, the country’s leading provider of digital, media and technology apprenticeships and rated “outstanding” by Ofsted.

WHAT IS THE LEVY AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

The levy is a new Government initiative started in April 2017. Its aim is to help UK employers tackle the skills shortfall and match their OECD peers while being spared the financial costs of training. 

Each month HMRC takes 0.5% off any payroll exceeding £3m and puts the money into an Apprenticeship Service digital account in the form of electronic vouchers. As an employer, you can then use these on any approved apprenticeship training programmes, as long as it’s within two years of the vouchers being issued.

The range of available programmes, their quality and the numbers of eligible staff are all growing. The levy is ready to go to work for you.

HOW BIG IS THIS OPPORTUNITY?

Apprenticeships funded by the levy are a big opportunity for agencies.

Take a look at the people whose potential talent you can unlock.

  1. School leavers 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-skill or upskill

Take a look at the big wins for your workforce as a whole.

  1. Diversity: hire school leavers who aren’t from central casting
  2. Recruitment & Retention: a job with training is a more attractive job. Investing in your staff is the best way to keep them.
  3. Future Proofing: upskilling your workforce can only be good for your agency’s future.

WHAT APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMMES ARE THERE?

Three words: more and more. There are lots of new programmes in development and/or awaiting government approval.

Right now the levy pays for these 11 programmes:

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

They’ve been devised to cover some of the most important areas in agencies today and cater for staff at all different life stages from starry-eyed novice to fast-rising manager. So get ready to launch your levy-funded training programmes as soon as possible.

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