According to latest government statistics, more than half of all new apprenticeships being committed under the new Levy scheme are for those over the age of 25.
To put these figures into context, these figures are for apprenticeships in levy-funded companies that use the apprenticeship service.
Concerns have been raised that the funding reforms are not attracting more employers to invest in young apprentices from 16-18 years old.
The government’s original intention was to create three million apprenticeships for young people by 2020 ahead of the June general election.
At Jigsaw Training, we believe the levy should help young people, while also providing opportunities for older apprentices at all levels of age and knowledge.
We believe this inclusive part of the levy initiative will be a start to plugging the gaps in skills badly needed in specific sectors including health and social care, engineering and facilities management.
A call has been made from the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) to further increase the number of level two apprenticeships with all funding covered by the government.
But why not commit to other levels up to level six in more technical roles for digital and engineering roles, the skills urgently needed at all age ranges?
Let’s not forget that an organisation’s workforce needs a balance and that those employees who may need training or re-training are just as valuable as those entering apprenticeships at an early age.
Indeed, we believe the system should support those employers and workers at all ages and levels who want to learn, adapt and develop new skills as we grow our economy in the post-Brexit age.