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As part of the Government’s review of future apprenticeships, and under the umbrella of the Trailblazer Apprenticeship programme, an industry working group has developed a new Apprenticeship standard in Papermaking. 

The UK Paper Industry is facing a serious challenge. Over the next few years, long serving traditional papermakers will be leaving the industry, and when they leave they will take with them many years of technical knowledge, expertise and skills. Unless we do something now this will have a significant impact on the industry’s future.

Succession planning for the future is crucial and this new Paper Industry National Trailblazer standard provides employers with a 3 year programme to attract potential future employees into the Paper Industry.

If you want your next generation of papermakers to:

  • be technically competent
  • have the knowledge and understanding of the process
  • problem solve
  • be a first line response for engineering tasks
  • contribute to continuous improvement

the Trailblazers apprenticeship programme will help you achieve that.

Apprenticeship Levy

From 6 April 2017, a new apprenticeship is imposed on employers, the purpose of which is to fund an increase in the number and quality of apprenticeships. Regardless of whether or not you have (or intend to have) apprentices, the levy will apply to all UK employers, in both the private and public sectors, if your total payroll bill exceeds £2.8 million in the previous tax year or is expected to reach £3 million in the current tax year. 

The levy is charged at a rate of 0.5% of an employer's payroll bill. Employers will have a fixed annual levy allowance of £15,000 to offset against their levy payment.

With the introduction of this levy, and with a new papermaking apprenticeship programme available, now is an ideal opportunity to find out more information about the programme and how you can use your allowance to further benefit your business.

What do you need to do next?

Details of the apprenticeship framework, the delivery programme and how to register candidates onto the scheme for starting September 2017, can be downloaded below.

If you would like further information on any aspect of the programme, please contact us at

A key asset for any business is its employees, and this represents a great opportunity for the industry to compete with other sectors by recruiting and developing high calibre people via both taking on new employees and developing our existing people. We need to act now and start planning for the future…!



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