A decrease in the number of apprenticeships being offered in 2017 leaves the government under great scrutiny over the Apprenticeship Levy
A survey carried out by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), has shown that businesses are concerned about the Apprenticeship Levy for a number of reasons including pay bill commitments and the quality of training the Levy providers can give off-site.
Although the number of apprenticeships being offered has fallen since the Levy was introduced in April 2017, figures provided by the CBI/ Pertemps employment trends survey in 2017 predict that the number of apprenticeships is set to rise.
One indicator shows that almost half of participants – 46 per cent – to the survey plan to recruit more apprentices in the next 12 months. Another result showed only four per cent will cut back on the number of apprentices they employ.
It will be hard to measure if the statistics will rise due to the implementation of the Apprenticeship Levy or from a natural increase in discussions and awareness in apprenticeships anyway.
Whether you are for or against it, the Levy offers opportunities for all levels of the workforce at any stage of learning. Getting behind it will increase the number of skilled people back into the workforce and inevitably increase employment.
At Jigsaw Training, we believe the Levy should help young people, while also providing opportunities for older apprentices at any level of knowledge or age.
Delivering training to the highest standard is an important priority here whether as part of the Levy process or not.