Commenting on the Apprenticeship Levy consultation published today, Terry Scuoler, Chief Executive at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, said:
“Whilst EEF strongly supports any initiative to increase the number of quality apprenticeships, today's limited announcement provides few answers to the questions raised by manufacturing employers now facing a levy on their businesses.
“With little detail of the level of the levy, who will be required to pay it and how much government will give back in return, manufacturers have a right to remain sceptical that the levy will create the 3 million additional quality apprenticeships that we all wish to see. Industry will also be very puzzled to note the market intervention for transparency on Apprenticeship training in order to bid for government contracts.
“Advanced manufacturers, in particular, who already invest heavily in high quality long-term apprenticeships will be surprised by the suggestion from Government that it is they who are currently failing to invest in apprenticeships."
According to EEF data:
Three-quarters of EEF members offer apprenticeships to acquire the skills their businesses need.
66% plan to recruit an engineering and manufacturing apprentice in the next 12 months.
38% plan to recruit a non-engineering and manufacturing apprentice in the next 12 months.
Three-quarters of EEF members say their apprenticeships last an average of four years.
Three-quarters say ALL their apprentices are employed upon completion of their training. The remaining 25% generally say almost all their apprentices stay with them.
60% of EEF members use a combination of public and private funding to fund their apprenticeships. 37% fund their apprenticeships entirely themselves.