Statement from BITC on the Apprenticeship Levy
In response to calls from employers, trade associations and wider stakeholders to reform the Apprenticeship Levy, Kate Carr, Employment and Skills Manager at Business in the Community said,
“As it’s Apprenticeship Week, it’s right that employers are being vocal about the reforms that need to be made to the Apprenticeship Levy. While the Levy is welcomed, it’s not working as effectively as it should be, particularly for young and disadvantaged job seekers. Data shows that apprenticeship starts have declined since the 2018/19 academic year, and that decline has been steepest for those aged under 19. With the current level of skills shortages, the Government needs to undertake a full review to make the Levy work for employers, employees and jobseekers across all regions of the UK.”
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About Business in the Community
Business in the Community (BITC) and our network of business members are leading a movement to create a fair and sustainable world in which to live in work. Formed in 1982, and with His Majesty King Charles III as our Royal Founding Patron, we are the largest and longest-established membership organisation dedicated to responsible business. We work and campaign with more than 600 members to continually grow their responsible business practices, uniting our efforts for greater social and environmental impact in our communities.