Apprenticeship starts rise by 20%

The number of apprenticeship starts rose year-on-year in July, new figures from the Department of Education reveal. Tes reports.

A total of 25,200 apprenticeship starts were reported in July 2018 – an increase of 20.6 per cent, compared with the same month in 2017, when 20,900 were recorded.

However, apprenticeship starts remain significantly below previous years’ figures, with 44,100 starts reported in July 2016. An apprenticeship levy, to be paid by all large businesses across the UK, was introduced in April 2017 to help fund the government’s 3 million apprenticeship target. 

Earlier this month, chancellor Philip Hammond announced that employers will be able to share a quarter of their apprenticeship levy pots with their supply chain, as part of wider reforms to make the levy more flexible. 

Mark Dawe, chief executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, said: “The chancellor has evidently smelt the coffee by ordering a review and the Education Select Committee has got its finger on the pulse on what needs to be done to turn these disastrous numbers around.”

Apprenticeships and skills minister Anne Milton said: “It’s great to see the figures showing that there continues to be a growing number of people, of all ages, taking up our new, higher quality apprenticeship opportunities. Through our reforms, we wanted to see high-quality apprenticeships offered, so it’s good to see that of all apprenticeship starts, 43.7 per cent are on the new high-quality apprenticeship standards – that’s up from 4.8 per cent this time last year.”

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