Apprenticeships

Tesco boss: Apprenticeship levy is too inflexible

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

‘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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‘Don’t fund level 6 and 7 apprenticeships’ say learning providers

20 Mar 2019

Training providers have called on the government to remove the highest and degree level apprenticeships from the scope of funding...

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Apprentices need more help with how to dress for work

20 Mar 2019

Employers are four times more likely to worry about how their apprentices dress for work than they would about graduates,...

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Spring statement: minimum wage review and early apprenticeship reforms

13 Mar 2019

All the employment highlights from the Chancellor's spring statement...

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‘Use the apprenticeship levy to improve management’ – Cary Cooper

8 Mar 2019

Improving the UK’s poor management performance is the definitive way to fix the economy, says organisational psychologist Professor Sir Cary...

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Apprenticeships should be opened up to single parents

8 Mar 2019

Most single parents are being locked out of apprenticeships because of a lack of part-time opportunities and the difficulty of supporting children with such low pay.

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Don’t let levy criticism eclipse apprenticeship opportunities

7 Mar 2019

It’s been a bad news week for apprenticeships. But Dr Susan Laing, Dean of Teesside University Business School, argues that...

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Employers access a tenth of apprenticeship levy funds

6 Mar 2019

The government is unlikely to reach its target of 3 million new apprenticeships by 2020 and there are “concerns about...

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£400m apprenticeship levy underspend revealed

4 Mar 2019

Only £268m was spent by levy-paying employers on apprentices in the programme's first year of operation, 2017-18. This equated to just 13% of the Treasury's £2.01bn apprenticeships budget and contributed to a £400m underspend.

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Criticism of levy mounts as Apprenticeship Week kicks off

4 Mar 2019

Training providers air criticism of the government's apprenticeship levy as surveys reveal the extent of ignorance over the scheme.

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Boost apprenticeship access for women to increase diversity

28 Jan 2019

The government should remove any barriers preventing young women embarking on apprenticeships, according to a report published today by the...

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Large employers fear inability to fill technical roles

25 Jan 2019

Employers are becoming increasingly concerned for their ability to recruit sufficient numbers of graduates for technical roles as Brexit looms,...

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