Utility & Construction Training

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Water Training

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SHEA, Hygiene, NCO1, NCO2, Butt & Electrofusion, Safe Control of Mains Connections

Gas Training

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SHEA, SCO, NCO1, NCO2, ELR, Butt & Electrofusion, Fundamental Gas Safety

Power Training

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Overhead Lines, Cable Jointing, Substation Fitting, BESC, 17th Edition, CCNSG

Streetworks Training

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Operatives, Supervisors, Signing Lighting & Guarding, Hot Lay, Cat & Genny

Welcome to our website

Accessing quality training provision within utilities and construction is often difficult to organise effectively, particularly if the organisation is spread over numerous sites. Co-ordinating a wide scope of training requirements, from understanding sector specific technical complexities to scheduling courses that meet operational requirements is a challenge.

UCT is now able to offer major clients the benefit of a managed service. This ensures that your training and assessment requirements are managed by the experienced and expert staff at UCT. The managed service ensures;

  • A bespoke training matrix to meet company requirements
  • Scheduling of training to meet operational needs
  • Optimisation of funding contributions towards the costs of training and assessments
  • Updating the training matrix
  • Processing and administration of relevant cards and certificates
  • A quarterly report confirming throughput and status
  • A cost effective solution to managing your training needs

Through our managed service, UCT can now provide a central point for handling all of your training requirements, organising training schedules on a pre-planned or ad-hoc basis. For further details please contact us.

The Apprenticeship Levy


The Apprenticeship Levy will be a levy on UK employers to fund new apprenticeships. In England, control of apprenticeship funding will be put in the hands of employers through the Digital Apprenticeship Service. The levy will be charged at a rate of 0.5% of an employer's paybill. Each employer will receive an allowance of £15,000 to offset against their levy payment. It will be introduced in April 2017.

This will affect employers in all sectors. The levy will only be paid on annual paybills in excess of £3 million, and so less than 2% of UK employers will pay it.

Policy objective

The government is committed to boosting productivity by investing in human capital. As part of this, the government is committed to developing vocational skills, and to increasing the quantity and quality of apprenticeships. It has committed to an additional 3 million apprenticeship starts in England by 2020. The levy will help to deliver new apprenticeships and it will support quality training by putting employers at the centre of the system. Employers who are committed to training will be able to get back more than they put in by training sufficient numbers of apprentices.

  1. The apprenticeship levy will come into effect in April 2017. It will be payable by employers in the UK at 0.5% of paybill.
  2. All employers will receive an allowance of £15,000 to offset against payment of the levy. This effectively means that the levy will only be payable on paybill in excess of £3 million per year.
  3. The levy will be payable through Pay As You Earn (PAYE) and will be payable alongside income tax and National Insurance
  4. Each employer will receive one allowance to offset against their levy payment. There will be a connected persons rule, similar to the Employment Allowance connected persons rule, so employers who operate multiple payrolls will only be able to claim one allowance.
  5. The levy will apply to employers across all sectors.
  6. Paybill will be calculated based on total employee earnings; it will not include other payments such as benefits in kind. It will apply to total employee earnings in respect of all employees
  7. Legislation to permit the imposition and collection of the apprenticeship levy will be introduced in the Finance Bill 2016.


1. An Employer of 250 employees, each with a gross salary of £20,000: Paybill: 250 x £20,000 = £5,000,000

- Levy sum: 0.5% x £5,000,000 = £25,000

- Allowance: £25,000 - £15,000 = £10,000 annual levy payment

2. Employer of 100 employees, each with a gross salary of £20,000 would pay: Paybill: 100 x £20,000 = £2,000,000

- Levy sum: 0.5% x £2,000,000 = £10,000

- Allowance: £10,000 - £15,000 = £0 annual levy payment

Next Steps

UCT deliver training for hundreds of apprentices in Gas, Power and Water, as well as Highways Construction, and Customer Services and Administration.

We are here to help with your apprenticeship training demand and we would be delighted to hear from you, please contact us 0161 776 4186 for more information on training and the 'Levy', or email Steve Hyde

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