CMI comments on April apprenticeship starts data

Employers are clearly having problems with the bureaucracy of the Apprenticeship Levy but this means it must be reformed, not scrapped. It’s not surprising that the number of apprenticeship starts continues to drop since the success of the programme is pegged to the Levy. We need to make it easier for employers to use the Levy to invest in much-needed skills, like management and leadership. Doing so will be essential for businesses to succeed in a post-Brexit service economy.

Petra Wilton, Director of Strategy at CMI

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