The number of organisations being pursued by HMRC for apprenticeship levy underpayment has more than doubled in a year, as a growing number of businesses find it difficult to comply with.
Training providers have called on the government to remove the highest and degree level apprenticeships from the scope of funding in order to relieve growing pressures on the apprenticeship levy.
Updated to reflect the Spring Statement 2019 announcement that the reduction in the co-investment rate and the increase in the amount of levy credit that employers can transfer to another employer will come into effect on 1 April 2019.
The government is unlikely to reach its target of 3 million new apprenticeships by 2020 and there are "concerns about the programme's long-term sustainability", according to a damning report from the National Audit Office.
Apprenticeship starts in the first quarter of the 2018-19 academic year have risen in relation to figures reported at this time in 2017-18, but lag behind equivalent figures reported in January 2016 and 2015.
Nine out of 10 (92%) employers want more flexibility in how they can spend their apprenticeship levy allowance, with some employers suggesting they would rather use the money for other methods of upskilling.
XpertHR examines trends in spending on learning and development, and the priorities in this area over the coming year.
Two-thirds of businesses are worried that they will not be able to find sufficiently skilled people to fill high skilled roles, according to industry body the CBI.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to learning and development costs and budget.