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Criticism follows introduction of Apprenticeship Levy

07 April 2017

Concern has been expressed over the launch of the government's Apprenticeship Levy following its launch this week.

Lack of knowledge by UK employers has been highlighted by two surveys, with business organisations stating that confusion among their members is adding to the problems.

A study by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development showed that only around 30% of those who expect to pay the levy - those with more than £3m of salary outgoings per annum - have calculated the annual cost.

Another survey by recruitment company Manpower showed that 63% of UK employers reported that they had little or no knowledge of the levy.

Criticism of the scheme has also been made by the CBI, particularly around the speed of introduction, lack of access to updated training standards and access to local approved suppliers.

Manufacturing membership body EEF has also stated that it is receiving a constant flow of enquiries from employers, with 75% of members saying they are unlikely to be able to spend all of their levy funds.

Further concern has also been expressed by education unions NAHT, ATL and NUT, according to the TES.

They believe that small, maintained schools will have the charge passed on to them by local authorities, as they will be unable to afford the charges.

This will further impact on school budgets, which are highlighted as already being severely restricted.

The Apprenticeship Levy is expected to see 3m additional apprenticeships created by 2020.

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