Manufacturers demand talks over Apprenticeship Levy woes

UK manufacturers have called for urgent talks with the government in order to demand “fundamental reforms” to the Apprenticeship Levy.

The Levy was introduced one year ago but in that time the number of Apprenticeship starts has fallen compared to previous years, putting the government’s target of three million Apprenticeships by April 2020 under threat.

However, in a report published last week, EEF – a body representing UK manufacturers – said that many of its members have struggled with the Levy. It is calling for a number of reforms, including more flexibility in how employers can spend the Levy funding.

The EEF is not the first business group to call for reform. In January, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) called for the current Levy to be “evolved” into a “flexible skills levy”.

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