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Study shows lack of support for Apprenticeship Levy

04 May 2016

Growing support for delaying the launch of the Apprenticeship Levy has been revealed by a survey, according to manufacturers' organisation EEF.

While a number of FM companies have expressed concern, this is the first survey to be conducted on the new levy.

Results from manufacturing companies responding to the study show than 72% are in favour of delaying its launch until both business and government sectors are satisfied with the detail.

Just 18% of respondents believe the Apprenticeship Levy will see a greater number of apprentices, but 70% agree that more trainees are needed.

Further negative responses showed that 53% of firms find the levy confusing in its present form and overly complicated (49%), while 54% believe it will be another cost burden to the business.

Alternatively, there was a decisive majority in favour of making the scheme simple to administer (92%), more understandable (89%) and provide easy access to funding (79%).

Following the survey's results, the EEF is calling for the launch of the Apprenticeship Levy to be delayed until at least September 2017.

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