UK firms demand shake-up of ‘inflexible’ apprenticeship system

Business leaders are demanding a shake-up of the UK apprenticeship system, after official figures suggest the government will miss its target for new apprentices, The Guardian is reporting.

The latest government figures showed the number of people starting an apprenticeship in England fell to 125,800 between August and October, down 4.7% from 132,000 in the same quarter a year earlier (that number was up by 15.4% year-on-year).

A Department for Education spokesperson said: “We are investing significantly to level up skills and opportunity across the country and apprenticeships are playing a key role in this.”

London First and NWBLT are calling for greater flexibility for businesses in how they use funds, allowing them to support a broader range of training activities, and how funds are transferred to other firms.

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