Apprenticeships are a great route to the high-skilled, high-paid jobs that fit firms’ needs now and in the future. But since the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017, progress towards this goal has stuttered. To its credit, the government has already made some changes, and is listening to businesses’ calls for continued reform. So what happens next?
In the first of a series of apprenticeship reports this year, the CBI has focused on the infrastructure that should be helping to deliver better quality technical qualifications and better supporting firms to offer new routes into, and progression in, the workplace.
Members are clear in their willingness to get involved, but issues they’ve had include costly delays in finalising new apprenticeship standards, funding issues, mixed messages on assessment and the difficulties for small businesses to get involved.
Getting apprenticeships right: next steps looks at how changes to how the Institute of Apprenticeships is run and the support it offers business can make a difference.