Today the CBI has published the first in a series of reports in 2019 on the apprenticeships and skills system. Getting apprenticeships right: next steps looks at how the Institute for Apprenticeships can make sure the skills system responds to the needs of employers and the economy.
The Apprenticeship Levy and all the other apprenticeships reforms haven’t had an easy birth. Putting aside Brexit, it’s safe to say one of the most likely issues for a CBI member to raise is reform of the Levy. Indeed, 26 per cent of firms we surveyed in late 2018 are writing the apprenticeship levy off as a tax, not a skills policy, explaining much of the dramatic 40 per cent fall in apprenticeships starts over the last couple of years.
Encouragingly, the government is listening and has accepted the need to enter a second phase of apprenticeship reform.
After working with the CBI and our members, the chancellor