Thousands set to benefit from new technical skills

Thousands of working adults will be offered free courses to rapidly upskill in STEM sectors including engineering, digital and construction Sixty-five short and modular courses will start to roll out from later this month at 10 Institutes of Technology(IoTs) across England in STEM subjects, including courses such as Artificial Intelligence, Digitisation of Manufacturing, Digital Construction, … Continue reading Thousands set to benefit from new technical skills

Attracting and developing world-class teachers and leaders

Graduates applying to train as teachers in high-demand subjects will receive thousands of pounds in tax-free cash bursaries under Government plans to recruit and retain world-class teachers. A total of £129 million is available for trainee teachers starting in 2022/2023, which includes increased bursaries of £15,000 for languages, geography and design and technology, and £10,000 … Continue reading Attracting and developing world-class teachers and leaders

Salary boosts for new maths, science and computing teachers

Teachers in the early years of their careers will be able to get a salary boost of up to £3,000 tax-free to teach maths, physics, chemistry and computing. This will support recruitment and retention of specialist teachers in these subjects and in the schools and areas that need them most. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced … Continue reading Salary boosts for new maths, science and computing teachers

Student Loan Plan 2 and Postgraduate Loan thresholds frozen

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced a freeze to the Plan 2 and Postgraduate student loan repayment thresholds. Plan 2 repayment threshold Plan 2 student loans are those taken out for a course starting after 1st September 2012 for England and Wales.Plan 2 borrowers will continue to repay 9% of their earnings over the … Continue reading Student Loan Plan 2 and Postgraduate Loan thresholds frozen

HMRC warns students of scams

HMRC is warning university students to be wary of potential scams, especially if they have a part-time job and are new to interacting with the department. University students taking part-time jobs are at increased risk of falling victim to scams, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is warning. Higher numbers of students going to university this … Continue reading HMRC warns students of scams

Targeted training for staff to teach early language and numeracy skills

Funding for training to help two to four year-olds with language and mathematic skills, as part of early years recovery investment. Thousands of pre-school children will benefit from improved language, numeracy and personal, social and emotional skills, due to a programme of training and professional development support for early years staff. The Early Years Professional … Continue reading Targeted training for staff to teach early language and numeracy skills

Childcare cost help as children head back to school

Families may be eligible for Tax-Free Childcare to help pay for breakfast and after school clubs as children go back to school. Eligible families can save money on their childcare and benefit from a government top-up worth up to £2,000 every year, or up to £4,000 a year if a child is disabled. In June … Continue reading Childcare cost help as children head back to school

Short university courses to provide flexible training

Learners will be able to upskill or retrain at a pace that fits their lives through short university and college courses supported by bespoke loans People looking to study or train throughout their lives will have access to short university or college courses, in a major shake-up of traditional higher education. Universities and further education … Continue reading Short university courses to provide flexible training

31st August Deadline for parents to update Child Benefit for 16 year olds

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding parents and carers they have until 31st August 2021 to confirm whether their teenagers are staying in full-time education or training beyond 16. Last week, teenagers across the UK received their GSCE or Scottish National Certificate results and many are now considering their future. If they decide to … Continue reading 31st August Deadline for parents to update Child Benefit for 16 year olds

Student Loan plan 1 Threshold uplift for April 2022 confirmed

The Department for Education (DfE) confirmed the annual updates to the Thresholds of Income Contingent Student Loans and Mortgage Style Student Loans. Income Contingent Student Loans for pre-2012 (Plan 1) loans From 6 April 2022, the repayment threshold for pre-2012 (Plan 1) loans will rise to £20,195. PSP 2021(c) Income Contingent Student Loans for post-2012 … Continue reading Student Loan plan 1 Threshold uplift for April 2022 confirmed

Skills training boosted

Measures to boost the nation’s skills, level up opportunities and get more people into better paid jobs have been announced. The measures come after Prime Minister Johnson delivered the levelling up speech, underling the need to escalate the value of practical and vocational education through the Lifetime Skills Guarantee. The Government’s Skills Bootcamp training programmes … Continue reading Skills training boosted

Higher GCSE grades linked to lifetime earnings boost

New research shows the link between GCSE attainment and earnings over a person's lifetime. Those who perform just one GCSE grade better than their counterparts across nine subjects have been shown to earn on average over £200,000 more throughout their lives. Statisticians and economists at the Department for Education have established a direct link between … Continue reading Higher GCSE grades linked to lifetime earnings boost

Government launches campaign encouraging families to Rediscover Summer

The campaign highlights a range of activities and opportunities for families, children and young people such as exploring a local museum or discovering a National Cycling Network TrailFamilies encouraged to get back out and Rediscover Summer after a year of missed opportunities The government’s Rediscover Summer campaign has launched to help inspire families to get … Continue reading Government launches campaign encouraging families to Rediscover Summer

Updated ID checking guidelines in line with new right to work rules

From 1st July 2021, new rules for right to work checks will apply. EU, EEA and Swiss citizens will need to provide evidence of a lawful immigration status in the UK. In response to these changes, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has updated the ID checking guidelines for: Basic DBS checks, submitted through a … Continue reading Updated ID checking guidelines in line with new right to work rules

Cash boost for apprenticeships launched

Businesses can claim £3000 for each new apprentice they take on. From 1st June 2021, employers of all sizes in England can now apply for extra funding to help them take on new apprentices, in the latest drive to revolutionise the skills and training offer across the country. The boost to the apprenticeship incentive scheme … Continue reading Cash boost for apprenticeships launched

Employers eligible for £1000 cash boost for every T Level student placement

Employers will be able to claim a £1,000 cash boost for every T Level student they host on a high-quality industry placement, as part of a new incentive scheme launched 27th May 2021. The new technical qualifications - co-created with over 250 employers including Fujitsu and Amazon – are equivalent to three A Levels and … Continue reading Employers eligible for £1000 cash boost for every T Level student placement

DWP and Google join forces to grow jobseekers’ digital skills

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has partnered with Google to provide 9,000 jobseekers across the UK with scholarships to gain a Google Career Certificate. The scholarship will let jobseekers access courses to grow the necessary skills for a career in technology and IT, with Universal Credit claimants being referred to the scholarships by … Continue reading DWP and Google join forces to grow jobseekers’ digital skills

New law to make school uniform costs affordable

School uniforms will be made more affordable for families under a new law passed by Parliament on 29th April 2021. The Act, which received Royal Assent, will require schools to follow new statutory guidance on uniform costs, instructing them to keep prices down. The cross-party support for the Bill recognised the costs parents face for … Continue reading New law to make school uniform costs affordable

Changes to the enhanced DBS check application process

Changes relates to an applicant's personal information and apply from 31st May 2021. The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) are implementing changes to the enhanced DBS check application process. The change will mean that DBS is no longer able to amend an applicant’s personal information on an application form, once it has been submitted. The … Continue reading Changes to the enhanced DBS check application process

New and returning students urged to apply now for student finance

There is one simple step students should take to ensure their finances are in place by start of the next academic year – Apply Now, says Derek Ross, Executive Director, Operations In 2020, SLC processed and paid more students than ever before and the next academic year looks set to be another record-breaker. Data published … Continue reading New and returning students urged to apply now for student finance

Happy Birthday PAYadvice

Wishing PAYadvice Ltd a very happy 2nd Birthday. May there be many more. On 9th April 2019 PAYadvice Ltd was registered with companies house and there lays the birth of PAYadvice.UK. What was originally a WordPress side-hobby has become a regular speed blog for all things Payroll and beyond. 2020 has been a disrupted year … Continue reading Happy Birthday PAYadvice

Work-based learning key to post-COVID-19 recovery – OU

A survey carried out by The Open University (OU) shows that employers have a renewed appetite for apprenticeships and work-based learning. A significant number (70%) say apprenticeships will be vital to their recovery from the disruption caused by Covid-19, with 72% planning to take on more apprentices over the next 12 months. TrainingZone explores the … Continue reading Work-based learning key to post-COVID-19 recovery – OU

COVID-19 support – latest information

Dear Payadvice Ltd, I’m writing to you with the latest information about financial support schemes available to help your clients. This includes the latest on the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the VAT deferral new payment scheme. Self-Employment Income Support Scheme To support you in helping your clients, here … Continue reading COVID-19 support – latest information

Hundreds of free qualifications on offer to boost skills and jobs

Launch of free qualifications marks a major milestone in government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee An estimated 11 million adults now have the opportunity to gain a new qualification for free, designed to help them to gain in-demand skills and secure great jobs. Almost 400 qualifications are available to take backed by £95 million in government funding … Continue reading Hundreds of free qualifications on offer to boost skills and jobs

Universal Credit claimants TaP into employment

Millions of jobseekers will be able to access longer work-related training while in receipt of benefits to boost their chances of finding employment. Train and Progress (TaP) is a new DWP initiative aimed at increasing training opportunities for claimants. It will see an extension to the length of time people can receive Universal Credit while … Continue reading Universal Credit claimants TaP into employment

Students invited to apply now for finance as the application service launches for 21/22

Students in England are being encouraged to apply for student finance as soon as possible to ensure their finances are in place for the new academic year. Full-time undergraduate students in England are being encouraged to apply now for student finance, as the application service opens for the 21/22 academic year. So far this year, … Continue reading Students invited to apply now for finance as the application service launches for 21/22

Payroll Question Time: The Budget 2021 – Friday 5th March | 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Join the Payroll and HR community at the SD Worx monthly, online interactive discussion. With one of the most eagerly anticipated Budgets set to be published on 3rd March 2021, our regular expert panel will be discussing the choices and changes set out by Chancellor Rishi Sunak. We’ll be interpreting how they impact businesses in … Continue reading Payroll Question Time: The Budget 2021 – Friday 5th March | 2:00pm – 3:30pm

HMRC Talking Points

Dear @PAYadvice, HMRC's regular Talking Points provide information, guidance and tips to help you to understand tax issues.  We have more Talking Points webinars coming up. There are a limited number of spaces, so save your place now. Penalties for enablers of defeated tax avoidance: This webinar gives an overview of the penalties for enablers of … Continue reading HMRC Talking Points

National Apprenticeship Week 2021 – Why choose an apprenticeship?

The 8th February to 14th February is National Apprenticeships Week 2021. Here are five reasons to choose an ODP apprenticeship. Earn while you learn Apprenticeships give you the opportunity to get hands on experience, develop key skills by working alongside experienced colleagues and all whilst earning an income. As an apprentice you will also receive … Continue reading National Apprenticeship Week 2021 – Why choose an apprenticeship?

Action required – submit your January claims for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Dear @PAYadvice, I’m writing to remind you of an upcoming deadline for Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) claims, and to answer some questions you or your clients may have. Also included is information on checking claims you made for variable paid employees – those not on fixed salaries – and more on HMRC publishing details … Continue reading Action required – submit your January claims for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Funding boost to get young people get into work

New £1000 cash support for businesses to help with the cost of providing a traineeship Employers can now apply for a £1000 cash boost to help them take on new trainees, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister, Gillian Keegan has announced today 27th January 2021. Gillian Keegan, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills: We’re pulling out all the … Continue reading Funding boost to get young people get into work

National free school meals voucher scheme opens to orders

Edenred site opens for schools to purchase eGift cards for eligible families to use at their choice of supermarkets Schools can begin ordering free school meal vouchers for eligible pupils from today as the Government’s national scheme launches, adding to the support available for disadvantaged families. An online service for schools, the scheme allows schools … Continue reading National free school meals voucher scheme opens to orders

Furlough, childcare and caring responsibilities – guidance updated

HMRC have updated ‘caring responsibilities’ guidance (on Tuesday 5th January) in relation to childcare for parents who are unable to either work, or need to reduce working hours due to home schooling or closure of childcare facilities. GuidanceCheck if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Information about if you have caring responsibilities … Continue reading Furlough, childcare and caring responsibilities – guidance updated

Significant uplift in key public sector jobs

Boris Johnson reaffirmed his commitment to boost the numbers of teachers, police officers, nurses and other public sector workers. NHS recruitment drive boosts the number of doctors by more than 6,000 and nurses by 13,000.Almost 6,000 police officers have been hired as part of the Government’s commitment to reach 20,000 additional officers by the end … Continue reading Significant uplift in key public sector jobs

Adults to gain new skills on 400 free courses

Tens of thousands of adults to benefit from hundreds of free courses next year, including engineering, health, construction and accountancy. Tens of thousands of adults will be able to benefit from almost 400 free courses next year, in the first major development in the Lifetime Skills Guarantee announced by the Prime Minister in September. The … Continue reading Adults to gain new skills on 400 free courses

New national restrictions start 5th November 2020

The Prime Minister has announced tougher national restrictions in England from Thursday. New national restrictions from 5 November With the NHS weeks from being overwhelmed, and a higher death toll than the first wave predicted without new restrictions, the Prime Minister, Chief Medical Officer, Chief Scientific Advisor, and Cabinet agreed there was no alternative to … Continue reading New national restrictions start 5th November 2020

Payroll Question Time? – 6th November 2020

SD Worx are hosting its next edition of payroll question time on Friday 6th November 2020 at 2pm with its expert panel of Payroll and Employment law specialists. Have question and want to know more. Don’t know where to turn and are seeking guidance: Job Support SchemeJob Retention BonusCOVID-19 support measuresEmployment law latestLooking to the … Continue reading Payroll Question Time? – 6th November 2020

October 2020 HMRC Employer Bulletin

Dear @PAYadvice, [The] Employer Bulletin (October 2020, Issue 86) includes all of the latest COVID-19 updates to help [employers] continue to meet [their] payroll obligations to HMRC, including recent government announcements of additional support for businesses and employees. We’ve included the latest update on both the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Job Retention Bonus, … Continue reading October 2020 HMRC Employer Bulletin

Students warned of tax scam dangers

HMRC has written to universities, through Universities UK, asking them to help ensure their students know how to spot a scam. Students are being warned by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) that they could be targeted by a wave of tax scams. As new students start the academic year, they can be particularly vulnerable to … Continue reading Students warned of tax scam dangers

Post-18 education and training expansion to prepare workers for post-COVID economy

Lifetime Skills Guarantee to give adults the chance to take free college coursesNew entitlement to flexible loans to allow courses to be taken in segments, boosting opportunities to retrain The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, sets out plans to transform the training and skills system, helping the country build back better from coronavirus. Adults without A-Level … Continue reading Post-18 education and training expansion to prepare workers for post-COVID economy

Plan for jobs – Apprenticeship cash boost

New incentives launched 1st September 2020 to help businesses invest in the skills they need to recover and grow. Employers of all sizes are being invited to apply for generous cash incentives to help them take on new apprentices and get more people into work. Apprenticeships are a great way to get ahead in a … Continue reading Plan for jobs – Apprenticeship cash boost

Children returning to school – Tax Free Childcare

With Scottish schools returning last week, and Northern Irish schools re-opening, HMRC are reminding parents they can get up to £2,000 of government help towards childcare costs with Tax-Free Childcare (TFC). For every £8 that families pay, the government will add £2, up to a maximum of £2,000 per child, per year (or £4,000 for … Continue reading Children returning to school – Tax Free Childcare

Child Benefit: Over 16 Full-time non-advanced Education

HM Revenue and Customs is urging parents of children aged over 16 who are staying in full-time non-advanced education from September 2020, such as Sixth Form colleges, or training, to inform HMRC so that Child Benefit payments and Child Tax Credit payments don’t stop. Child Benefit provides £21.05 a week for the eldest or only … Continue reading Child Benefit: Over 16 Full-time non-advanced Education

Improving Student Loans services

A blog by Bernice McNaught, SLC’s Executive Director, Repayments and Counter Fraud Services Improving Student Loans Company service for customers in repayment. Over the last 18 months, we have made significant improvements to the student loan repayment process. More frequent data sharing (MFDS), a joint programme of work with HMRC and our Government shareholders, has … Continue reading Improving Student Loans services

2021 Student Loans Repayment Threshold Announcement

The Department for Education (DfE) confirmed 11th August 2020 the annual updates to the Thresholds of Income Contingent Student Loans and Mortgage Style Student Loans. Income Contingent Student Loans / Undergraduate loans / Income Contingent Student Loans for pre-2012 (Plan 1) loans From 6 April 2021, the repayment threshold for Plan 1 loans will rise … Continue reading 2021 Student Loans Repayment Threshold Announcement

£20 million to improve small business leadership and problem-solving skills #coronavirus

Two new leadership programmes to help small business leaders grow in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic have been launched Government investment in small business training, management and productivity£20 million commitment at critical time for small businesses dealing with the impact of coronavirusinterested small business leaders are encouraged to sign up The Small Business Leadership … Continue reading £20 million to improve small business leadership and problem-solving skills #coronavirus

Pay rises for the public sector

Public sector workers, including doctors, teachers and police officers, will see above inflation pay rises this year, the Chancellor has announced today. Reflecting the vital contributions public sector workers make to our country, these pay rises cover the Armed Forces, teachers, police Officers, the National Crime Agency, prison Officers, doctors and dentists, the Judiciary, senior … Continue reading Pay rises for the public sector

Petition for refund of tuition fees

The U.K. Parliament indicates that more than 347,000 people have signed a petition calling for tuition fees to be reimbursed due to strikes and Covid-19. The House of Commons Petition committee have released their report on the Impact of Covid-19 on university students. They recognise the huge disruption faced by students and have made recommendations. … Continue reading Petition for refund of tuition fees

#PlanForJobs

The U.K. governments #PlanForJobs is aimed at getting Britain working towards economic recovery as we overcome the effects of the #coronavirus pandemic. Will U.K. business invest as partners in expanding employment, increase training, providing apprenticeships. The proposals are to give business the confidence to retain jobs, hire additional new employees, provide training opportunities, and help … Continue reading #PlanForJobs

Rishi’s Plan for Jobs will help Britain bounce back

Delivering his Summer Economic Update in Parliament, the Chancellor announced a package of measures to support jobs in every part of the country, give businesses the confidence to retain and hire, and provide people with the tools they need to get better jobs. The plan for jobs is the second part of a three-phase plan … Continue reading Rishi’s Plan for Jobs will help Britain bounce back

Small Business Accelerator – free online educational programme

Today @AmazonUK and @e_nation have launched the Amazon Small Business Accelerator which will help over 200,000 businesses to start, recover, grow, and accelerate thanks to free training, services and support. Amazon Small Business Accelerator is a free, online educational programme for anyone who wants to start a new online business or grow an existing one. … Continue reading Small Business Accelerator – free online educational programme

Scottish Student Loans 2021 – type Plan 4

6th April 2021 sees the commencement of Student Loan deductions type Plan 4. On 9th June 2018 Scotland’s First Minister announced that Scotland will raise their student loan earnings threshold to £25,000 from April 2021. This will be for new and existing borrowers and the repayment period reduced to 30 years from 35 (in line … Continue reading Scottish Student Loans 2021 – type Plan 4

Furloughed (or not) – The Skills Toolkit

https://theskillstoolkit.campaign.gov.uk/ In light of #COVID19 #coronavirus and many millions of UK workers either furloughed under the Job Retention Scheme or even laid off, the Department for Education have launched on Tuesday 28th April 2020 The Skills Toolkit. Digital and numeracy skills are amongst those that are most sought after by employers, and can help you … Continue reading Furloughed (or not) – The Skills Toolkit

At home with time on your hands as a result of #COVID19 #coronavirus – Free courses with the Open University OpenLearn

https://www.open.edu/openlearn/ Have you found yourself furloughed or even unfortunately laid off or made redundant and now have time on your hands at home? Has your self employment work dried up? Don’t let #COVID19 #coronavirus defeat you. Why not keep your knowledge and skill growing. Whether for future work or personal growth, there are free resources … Continue reading At home with time on your hands as a result of #COVID19 #coronavirus – Free courses with the Open University OpenLearn