Following our call for the Government to think big and future-proof the Apprenticeship Levy, techUK has co-signed a letter to the Secretary of State for Education, urging her to delay the implementation until it is fit for purpose.
The letter (available for download below) highlights that employers need certainty whilst the economy responds to Brexit and introducing the Levy now will impact budgets, hiring practices, and detract from the quality of ongoing skills investment. There is strong evidence that the levy in its current form could undermine apprenticeship quality by encouraging some employers to invest in intermediate level apprenticeships at the expense of advanced and higher level programmes.
The group also argue that the Digital Apprenticeship System (DAS) does not allow for the range of requirements employers have called for - specifically the mechanism to transfer funds to SMEs within an organisation's supply chain.
Antony Walker, Deputy CEO of techUK added:
“In the wake of the EU Referendum it matters more than ever that we get the Apprenticeship Levy right. In both design and delivery the Levy has to work for and not against the needs of the most dynamic and innovative businesses in the UK. The Government must work more closely with industry to ensure that the Levy it is fit for purpose.”
techUK will continue to work with its members to ensure the Apprenticeship Levy is fit for purpose and reflects the fast-paced nature of the tech sector.
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