There has been a steady decline in the number of apprenticeships begun after the apprenticeship levy was introduced last year. But why has a scheme that intended to encourage apprenticeship take-up had such a poor response? Ashleigh Wight looks at some of the reasons behind the downward trend.
The Government should extend the timeframe employers have to spend their apprenticeship levy funds from 24 to 48 months - the average length of an engineering apprenticeship - to avoid manufacturing businesses losing their apprenticeship funding.
More than £1bn in apprenticeship funding available through the apprenticeship levy has not been used - and employers have just one year left to spend it.
Almost all NHS trusts in England plan to use their apprenticeship levy training fund, but would like more flexibility over how it could be spent.
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.
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