“The toolkit also highlights the benefit of working with recruitment industry trade association members. REC members all adhere to a code of professional conduct in which diversity is a core principle. Recruitment professionals are well placed to advise employers on how best they can make change happen.”
Published: 31 January 2019
The findings are a stark reminder that the Government has a long way to go to create an environment in which businesses can really benefit from increased investment in skills development, with no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution for apprenticeships.
Published: 17 January 2019
Many commentators have blamed high tuition fees for a growing number of young people applying for university, raising fears of a lack of social mobility. But school leavers give other reasons too, including that they don’t enjoy studying or don’t think they have the necessary academic skills for university.
Published: 16 December 2018
It's welcomed news that large employers are now able to transfer their levy funds to other organisations. But caution is urged in managing the process well, to maximise the potential business benefits, as the move is adding more complexity to a system that many employers have had difficulty in understanding.
Published: 9 August 2018
The drop in the number of apprenticeship starts shows that government needs to make apprenticeships a lot more flexible and a lot less bureaucratic. This is a transformation - not a tweak - and needs to be much more clearly communicated and managed.
Published: 17 June 2018
Just one in four recruitment leaders believe the Apprenticeship Levy will help to attract and develop talent in the sector, according to research. The findings which are reported in the trade association’s 2018 Market Survey also reveals that fewer than half (40%) are currently using their Levy funds, or planning to do so in the next 12 months.
Published: 4 June 2018
Analysis of data reveals that one year on from the introduction of the apprenticeship levy, organisations have paid in more than £1.39 billion but only withdrawn £108 million. This slow start could cost organisations in England dearly, as any funding that remains in their National Apprenticeship Service accounts after 24 months will expire.
Published: 9 April 2018
More than two-thirds (69 percent) would like to have a management and leadership apprentice in their team. Majority of managers (63 percent) agree the Apprenticeship Levy is needed to increase employer investment in skills. Almost half (47 percent) of managers believe the Government will not hit its target of three million apprentices by 2020.
Published: 4 March 2018
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.
Published: 15 January 2018
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.
Published: 5 January 2018