One of The 5% Club’s aims is to support and spread best practice amongst its members and other employers. In this series, we aim to publicise good examples and challenge conventional thinking and approaches. Each edition features member companies which are leading the way on issues which face employers and the economy, making recommendations to drive improvement.

This edition looks at the Apprenticeship Levy, with a specific focus on Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs). The 5% Club believes that the Apprenticeship Levy offers a real opportunity to plug the skills gap which exists across the economy. Particularly post-Brexit, companies of all sizes, in all sectors, must invest in developing the skills that this country needs to compete successfully in global markets. However, some small business owners are not aware of the opportunities offered by the Apprenticeship Levy. In many cases, they lack the resources to navigate the system which can seem overly complex and admin-heavy.

In this edition of Expert Opinion, we speak to Noel Taylor, Head of Quality and Learning at Horbury Group, which provides construction solutions to developers, building owners and main contractors. The company, based in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, employs around 350 people nationwide.

Small business and the Apprenticeship Levy: 5 steps to success (that won’t cost a penny)