Who’d employ an apprentice?

apprenThe world of apprenticeships is about to go through a major change. A major change was proposed just after Theresa May was chosen as our Prime Minister by Tory MPs following David Camerons resignation. The plan is that from Thursday, larger employers will be faced with an extra tax known as the Apprenticeship Levy which will then be collected by the Government and re-used to help fund Apprenticeships from 1st May. These new employees will be trained by a range of training providers and work for their employer. The great news for small and micro businesses is that they are too small to pay the levy, but still potentially eligible for the funding if they wish to take on an apprentice. So far there is a lot of positive elements in this idea. However like all good ideas, there is some detail and we have to look into the detail to find any problems. According to information I have seen, as recently as 3 days ago, training providers were still uncertain how this will work and who they can collaborate with. This will not stop the levy being collected and it will not have stopped those young people who are potentially eligible having expected to be able to benefit. Meanwhile the Government has still not sorted out the detail. Due to the bank holidays for Easter we are a mere 16 working days away from when this scheme is due to start, yet the colleges concerned cannot employ trainers and other staff and cannot offer apprentices or employers a contract. This appears to be a bit of a problem, but perhaps the Government can’t be bothered to get out of its policy bed to explain how their great idea will actually work!


About ianchisnall

I have a passion to see public policy made accessible everyone who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as in policies on health services and strategic planning.
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