CMI comments on DfE Apprenticeships Data
- Apprenticeship Levy funding is transformational way to tackle "chronic skills and productivity gap"
The Department for Education has today (Friday, October 13) released its latest data on apprenticeship uptake in the 2016/17 academic year, revealing a drop in the number of people starting apprenticeships.
Petra Wilton, director of strategy for the Chartered Management Institute, said:
The Apprenticeship Levy is a transformational way to tackle the UK’s chronic skills and productivity gap. The extent of change required will take time to embed. Although the number of starts is disappointing, we’ve already started seeing progress. Employers are identifying key higher level skills gaps in management, digital and engineering, and as a result the fastest growing new degree apprenticeships are across these areas.
Since the introduction of the Levy, 18,500 people have started an apprenticeship - nearly half of which have been at intermediate or higher levels. Addressing professional development at this level is vital; poor management performance is the true tax costing UK plc £84bn a year in lost productivity.
The slow start reflects the need to do far more to raise awareness of the benefits of professional apprenticeship pathways and celebrate, not criticise, the early adopters. Employers should now use the Levy to invest in both upskilling existing employees, as well as bringing on the next generation of managers.
CMI launched its Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship in early October. For more information, visit: www.managers.org.uk/slmda
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