“The Brexit uncertainty and the delay in updates was becoming disconcerting, but now we know it’s definitely going ahead, both employers and apprenticeship providers can plan accordingly…”
The Government’s announcement earlier today (Friday, 12 August) that the apprenticeship levy will go ahead as planned has been welcomed by a number of UK businesses and organisations.
Positive Outcomes, which is one of the UK’s top apprenticeship colleges, for example, has described the news as “a welcome relief”.
Managing director Kelly Ball said: “Today’s announcement from the Government that the apprenticeship levy is set to go ahead as planned in April 2017 is a welcome relief.
“The Brexit uncertainty and the delay in updates was becoming disconcerting, but now we know it’s definitely going ahead, both employers and apprenticeship providers can plan accordingly.
“Apprenticeships are a wonderful way of nurturing young and enthusiastic talent. We regard them as a key component of bridging the UK skills gap.
“We hope that more and more employers will recognise this. With the levy covering much of the cost of training young apprentices, we’re hoping to see an increasingly diverse portfolio of apprenticeships on offer, offering young adults a rich tapestry of career paths to choose from.
“The update suggests the Government will cover 90% of the costs of an apprenticeship, and with firms with an annual wage bill under £3 million not having to contribute to the levy, means this should apply to 98% of businesses.
“With such a level of support, employers should be enthusiastically taking up the opportunity to bring in malleable, energetic employees, who are eager to advance on the career ladder.”