The Government consults on changes to the rules on tax relief for employers that reimburse employees who have paid for work training themselves.
Employers that pay the apprenticeship levy will be able to use their training fund to pay for the development of executive skills, after the funding band for the senior leader Master's degree apprenticeship was given the green light.
A shortage of flexible and part-time apprenticeship programmes mean that people who are unable to work full time are missing out on training opportunities, according to a report.
Employers that pay the apprenticeship levy will be able to transfer their apprenticeship funds to other businesses from April 2018.
The number of apprenticeships started in the first quarter of the academic year fell by 26.5%, following the introduction of the apprenticeship levy last April.
Almost half (46%) of employers plan to repackage their existing training schemes as new apprenticeships in order to access their £15,000 training fund provided by the apprenticeship levy.
News that apprenticeship start numbers had plummeted following the introduction of the apprenticeship levy in April led to criticism of the new system from many. David Willett from the Open University, urges employers to make their levy pay.
The number of people starting apprenticeships in England has fallen by 59% after the introduction of the apprenticeship levy earlier this year.
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