New Rules re Training for 16-17 year olds working 20+hrs pw
New rules come into force this August (2013) regarding training for 16-17 year olds. This is called the RPA or Raising of Participation Age.
If you employ a 16-17yo for more than 20 hours per week for 8 weeks or more, they must undertake either an apprenticeship or part-time accredited training alongside their work. They must attend at least 280 hours of training per year, which equates to around one day per week. I'm not sure how this will pan out if they are temping, but no doubt we'll find out soon.
Whilst training may seem a bit of a burden on employers, planned wisely it can bring added value to your organisation and improve engagement levels among your staff.
We'd be happy to talk with you about this. Please get in touch.
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Of all the aspects in running a business, the one that's most likely to trip you up is employing staff. You simply can't afford to get it wrong.
In small businesses HR is often pushed to the bottom of the pile. You can't justify a HR role, either full time or part time, and you think that employing an external HR consultant will be expensive. So it often falls on one or two of the managers, or even a secretary, to take charge of HR issues, employment records, documents and compliance. As Julia Roberts famously said in Pretty Woman... "BIG mistake!".
If you're giving HR a low priority - as many small business owners do, at least until there's a problem - then you are definitely missing a trick. Employees can be your biggest asset or your worst nightmare. So, aside from the legal compliance issues, here's what you should be thinking about: