Comment on Labour Apprenticeships policy

We welcome the announcement from Labour that they plan to create 320,000 climate apprenticeships in the first term of a Labour Government. Further education colleges can play in a key role in providing the technical expertise to tackle climate change.

We are however concerned about the proposal to allow the levy to be redeemed from a broader range of accredited training. Doing so runs the risk of undermining the uptake of apprenticeships and weakening the apprenticeship brand.

We welcome proposals to increase the amount of money businesses can transfer to non-levy paying small and medium-sized businesses. What is needed though is not just an increase in the amount of money that can be transferred, but a need to reduce the complexity of the Digital Apprenticeships System. The system as it currently stands is preventing employers from transferring money, so the raising the transfer cap is good, but it won’t mean much unless employers are able to transfer funds relatively easily.

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