Apprenticeship and levy statistics release: Our Response

14 June 2018

In response to today’s publication of  the apprenticeship and levy statistics, our Chief Executive, Stephen Evans said:

“It’s Groundhog Day for apprenticeships with numbers still well down, some 28% lower than by this time last year, greater falls in Level 2 Apprenticeships and rising numbers of higher apprentices. The Government’s target of 3 million apprenticeship starts by 2020 looks increasingly out of sight. The Government will claim quality is rising, but we think it’s far too early to say that. Critics will say the Levy isn’t working, but we’re clear it was the right move. McVitie’s, our Festival of Learning award winner, shows the difference the Levy can make when employers use it to support people development and improved productivity.

Changes are needed to make apprenticeships work better. But this should be about reforming the current system, not ripping it up. We must improve quality, including beefing up the Institute for Apprenticeships approvals process, so all apprenticeships match the best in the world. We must also focus more on making sure anyone  – and particularly young people – who could benefit can get an apprenticeship. We should be planning now to reinvest any underspent Levy funding in widening access, boosting quality, and other ways of improving workforce skills.”