The Prime Minister Wants Your Views on an Apprenticeship Levy

Cameron has launched consultation on introducing a levy for employers to fund apprenticeship training

The Prime Minister Wants Your Views on an Apprenticeship Levy

David Cameron has today launched a consultation to find out business’ views on the introduction of an apprenticeship levy.

The levy, intended to be introduced in 207, is designed to increase investment in training and apprenticeships and will enable employers who put in funds to have direct spending power over it.

Business owners are being asked to share their views on how the levy should be paid, how it should work for employers, and how best to give employers control of apprenticeships.

Levy systems are already being used in 50 countries such as Denmark, South Korea and the Netherlands.

Cameron commented: “We are committed to supporting three million quality apprenticeships over the next five years – to help strengthen our economy, deliver the skills that employers need and give millions more hardworking people financial security and a brighter future.”

Skills minister, Nick Boles, added:

“Skilled people are the lifeblood of a strong economy but for too long UK businesses have invested too little in developing their employees’ skills to meet the demands of a competitive, global market. The apprenticeship levy will ensure that businesses invest in skills and training, and will act as a much needed shot in the arm for the country’s productivity.”

Give your views on the levy here.

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