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Levy “straitjacket” forcing re-branding of training as apprenticeships

More than half of employers currently paying the apprenticeship levy want it replaced with a training levy. CIPD survey of employers warns of unintended consequences as nearly half (46 percent) of employers paying the levy expect their organisation to simply re-badge existing training.

Contributor: Lizzie Crowley | Published: 15 January 2018

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2018 the year the government must act on skills crisis

The apprenticeship levy is destined to turn into a “hollow and wasted opportunity” if the government doesn’t act urgently in 2018. A pressing issue in the New Year would be responding to a spike in demand for skilled engineers, fuelled by the government’s drive to install smart meters in homes nationwide.

Contributor: Chris Wood | Published: 5 January 2018

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Concern as firms fail to take up apprenticeship levy

A two-year time limit on accessing funding, firms were facing a ticking time bomb after which the money they paid into the levy would be lost to the taxman. He was responding to a survey by West London College that found only 32 per cent of employers who qualify have used the funding.

Contributor: Press Release | Published: 29 October 2017

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Millions of pounds of apprenticeship levy money is unused

According to new research by Evolve Learning Group Ltd and West London College only one in three (32 percent) of employers who qualify for the levy are taking advantage of it to train new and existing staff, suggesting that much of the levy is going untapped.

Contributor: Garry Phillips | Published: 27 September 2017

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Just one in ten students considering apprenticeships

A recent study conducted by leading student-focused research company trendence UK has revealed that school students are still far less likely to consider an apprenticeship over university. Comment David Palmer, UK Research Manager - trendence UK.

Contributor: David Palmer | Published: 17 September 2017

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Apprenticeship levy must upskill too

The Apprenticeship Levy must be used as a means to not only engage with emerging talent, but also upskill existing teams to aid retention. Comment from Tim Campbell, Head of Client Services, Emerging Talent, Alexander Mann Solutions.

Contributor: Tim Campbell | Published: 9 August 2017

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Apprenticeships predicted to grow 59 percent this year

Employers are significantly scaling-up their apprenticeship programmes in 2017 with hiring expected to increase by 59 percent, reports the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR).

Contributor: Stephen Isherwood | Published: 16 June 2017

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Gender segregation limiting apprenticeship opportunities

Gender bias colours students’ attitudes to apprenticeships. Six out of ten school leavers believe apprenticeship opportunities are in sectors with mainly male workforces. One in three parents believe apprenticeships are suited to boys. Comment from Simon Moffatt, Human Resources Director at Prudential UK.

Contributor: Simon Moffatt | Published: 23 May 2017

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The problem with engineering apprenticeships

Arguably, the most pressing problem for the UK industrial sector in recent years has been the skills shortage, an issue that will once again be at the centre of the public's consciousness in light of the UK Government's introduction of an apprenticeship levy in April 2017.

Contributor: Andy Owen | Published: 13 May 2017