Sunday, September 20, 2020

Disappointing decrease in apprenticeship starts shows Apprenticeship Levy not working

Apprenticeship start figures have dropped a staggering 27% drop year on year according to new figures. However this is progress on the previous quarter. Many comments have rolled in on the subject.

Verity Davidge, Head of Education and Skills Policy at EEF, said: “Today’s figures should act as a wake-up call to Government which has failed to act on industry’s growing concerns around the Apprenticeship Levy.

“The fact that the drop isn’t as huge as the previous quarter is by no means a cause for celebration as the numbers are a snapshot of the time when most apprenticeships begin. The only ray of hope we can find is the increase in the number of higher apprenticeships.

“This worrying trend is not just hampering employers’ ability to get the skills their business needs, it is taking away invaluable opportunities for the next generation to undertake training and secure a future job.

“It is clear the Apprenticeship Levy and wider reforms aren’t working and need a radical rethink. Government must listen to business concerns and ensure the Levy delivers the demand-led system that was promised to employers.”

In agreement, Neil Carberry, CBI Managing Director of People policy, said: “Today’s drop in apprenticeship starts remains alarming and proves again that the Apprenticeship Levy isn’t yet working for businesses, apprentices and the economy.

“A fresh approach is needed to make skills reforms work. The CBI will continue in its calls to Government to evolve the Apprenticeship Levy into a flexible skills levy, so firms can fund training for their people whatever the form of high quality course they do.

“And policy makers must collaborate more closely with businesses and learning providers to design a stable national framework for skills.

“If we all work together to get this right, confidence can be built that the English skills system won’t keep chopping and changing, enabling firms and skills providers to invest and build new opportunities at local level.”

On a similar note Kathleen Henehan, Policy Analyst at the Resolution Foundation, said: “After years of growth, it’s disappointing to see a big drop in the number of apprenticeships start in the first crucial period since the levy came into effect. The hope is that much of this fall will even out as employers get used to the levy.

“As well as striving to hit its ambitious target of three million starts, the government must put as much effort into raising the quality of apprenticeships so that they become a genuine alternative to more academic career paths.”

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our news site - please take a moment to read this important message:

As you know, our aim is to bring you, the reader, an editorially led news site and magazine but journalism costs money and we rely on advertising, print and digital revenues to help to support them.

With the Covid-19 lockdown having a major impact on our industry as a whole, the advertising revenues we normally receive, which helps us cover the cost of our journalists and this website, have been drastically affected.

As such we need your help. If you can support our news sites/magazines with either a small donation of even £1, or a subscription to our magazine, which costs just £31.50 per year, (inc p&P and mailed direct to your door) your generosity will help us weather the storm and continue in our quest to deliver quality journalism.

As a subscriber, you will have unlimited access to our web site and magazine. You'll also be offered VIP invitations to our events, preferential rates to all our awards and get access to exclusive newsletters and content.

Just click here to subscribe and in the meantime may I wish you the very best.




Latest news

£1.1m engineering skills boost for Sheffield

In a national first, teenagers at UTC Sheffield will develop a new range of in demand high-level digital engineering skills following a £1.1 million...

Cable cleat manufacturer expands North Yorkshire headquarters

Cable cleat manufacturer, Ellis Patents, has invested £500,000 in a 25 per cent expansion of its North Yorkshire headquarters. The main element of the expansion...

Time Out: Spencer Coffin, director of Procure Direct

The weekend is just around the corner and that means another ‘Time Out’. This week Business Link talks to Spencer Coffin, director of Procure...

Yorkshire hydroelectric projects acquired

Two hydropower projects in Yorkshire have changed hands as part of a £4.74 million acquisition. The deal sees JLEN, a listed environmental infrastructure fund, swoop...

Leeds med-tech firm raises £2.2m via share placing

Surgical Innovations has successfully raised £2.2 million to reinflate working capital, invest in new product development and sustainability support initiatives. The AIM listed Leeds-based med-tech...

ITM Power part of major hydrogen partnership

Sheffield hydrogen specialist, ITM Power, is one third of a new partnership which aims to use the clean renewable fuel to help Scotland achieve...

Related news

£1.1m engineering skills boost for Sheffield

In a national first, teenagers at UTC Sheffield will develop a new range of in demand high-level digital engineering skills following a £1.1 million...

Cable cleat manufacturer expands North Yorkshire headquarters

Cable cleat manufacturer, Ellis Patents, has invested £500,000 in a 25 per cent expansion of its North Yorkshire headquarters. The main element of the expansion...

Time Out: Spencer Coffin, director of Procure Direct

The weekend is just around the corner and that means another ‘Time Out’. This week Business Link talks to Spencer Coffin, director of Procure...

Yorkshire hydroelectric projects acquired

Two hydropower projects in Yorkshire have changed hands as part of a £4.74 million acquisition. The deal sees JLEN, a listed environmental infrastructure fund, swoop...

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close