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Black Country Chamber Responds to Apprenticeship Levy Guidance

Commenting on the newly published funding guidance for the Apprenticeship Levy, Adrian Wright, President of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, commented:

“The announcement by the government that apprentices aged 16-18 will be fully funded in their working endeavours will be warmly welcomed by businesses across the Black Country, alongside the co-investment rate for non-levy payers being frozen at 10%.

“The introduction of this guidance will have a significant contribution towards the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership’s target of increasing the number of jobs available in the region to 545,000 by 2033. Currently, just 1 in 11 young people in the Black Country pursue the apprenticeship route. As much as this announcement will make a welcome impact on this figure, it is nonetheless necessary to do more to increase the number of young people being taken on as apprentices.

“While increasing the number of apprenticeships available, the government must take precautions, as their drive to increase this offer has the potential to turn into a numbers game, rather than offering high quality apprenticeships. It would also be of great benefit to reconsider the timings as the current October release of technical details, just six months before implementation, leaves little time for businesses to adjust.”

Last modified on Tuesday, 23 August 2016 12:39

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