Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship providers turn SMEs away due to levy fund shortage

A shortage of apprenticeship funding means that a quarter of smaller firms have been turned away by training providers, while...

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Degree apprenticeship pay rising quicker than graduate pay

24 Jul 2019

Pay for degree-level apprenticeships is rising more rapidly than that of traditional graduate roles, with more employers choosing to offer...

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Apprenticeship levy has ‘failed’ to increase workplace training

23 Jul 2019

The government has made an “empty promise” in saying the apprenticeship levy would increase the amount of money employers spend...

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Temporary workers missing out on skills development

1 Jul 2019

Almost one million temporary workers are being excluded from skills development opportunities because of a poorly-designed apprenticeships system, the Recruitment...

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Apprenticeships boost social mobility in ‘cold spot’ areas

1 Jul 2019

Evidence from Severn Trent shows apprenticeships can improve social mobility in addition to helping develop a skilled workforce

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Three million apprenticeship starts target will be missed

27 Jun 2019

The government will miss its target of getting three million apprenticeship starts by 2020, the education secretary has conceded.

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How on-the-job training can accelerate school leavers’ career progression

3 Jun 2019

While university is a popular choice for school leavers, well-paid vocational alternatives can also help jump start a successful career,...

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MPs urge radical improvements in apprenticeships

22 May 2019

MPs have strongly criticised the government’s apprenticeship programme, in particular its focus on higher level placements and failure to meet the needs of smaller employers.

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‘Gender-neutral’ ads to encourage female STEM apprentices

14 May 2019

The government is to consider using “gender-neutral language” in apprenticeship standards to ensure women are not deterred from training for...

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Small businesses seek urgent apprenticeship reforms

26 Apr 2019

The government is in danger of making apprenticeships unaffordable for smaller firms, with reforms urgently needed to curb the decline in apprentice numbers.

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Lifelong learning provision is inadequate, claims Lords committee

25 Apr 2019

The government must rethink its approach to lifelong learning and ensure that it educates younger people for longer working lives,...

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Tesco boss: Apprenticeship levy is too inflexible

29 Mar 2019

The CEO of the UK’s largest retailer has slammed the apprenticeship levy for being too inflexible and “open to abuse”.

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‘Premium’ should be paid for high-value apprenticeships

27 Mar 2019

Employers that offer “high value” apprenticeships should receive “premiums” from the government to encourage schemes that facilitate higher average wage...

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Use or share apprenticeship levy funds, employers urged

27 Mar 2019

With the deadline to use unspent apprenticeship levy funds fast approaching, employers should review their skills needs or share their...

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Apprenticeship levy underpayment investigations more than double

25 Mar 2019

The number of organisations being pursued by HMRC for apprenticeship levy underpayment has more than doubled in a year, as...

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