Commenting on today’s Apprenticeship start figures showing a 27% drop year on year, Verity Davidge, Head of Education and Skills Policy at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation said:
“Today’s figures should act as a wake-up call to Government which has failed to act on industry’s growing concerns around the Apprenticeship Levy. The fact that the drop isn’t as huge as the previous quarter is by no means a cause for celebration as the numbers are a snapshot of the time when most apprenticeships begin. The only ray of hope we can find is the increase in the number of higher apprenticeships.
“This worrying trend is not just hampering employers’ ability to get the skills their business needs, it is taking away invaluable opportunities for the next generation to undertake training and secure a future job. It is clear the Apprenticeship Levy and wider reforms aren’t working and need a radical rethink. Government must listen to business concerns and ensure the Levy delivers the demand-led system that was promised to employers.”
Today’s figures show for Q1 of 2017/18
- 114,400 apprenticeship starts, a decrease of 26.5 per cent from 155,600 reported at this time for 2016/17.
- 52,000 at intermediate level, a decrease of 38.1 per cent from 84,000 in Q1 2016/17
- 50,800 at advanced level, a decrease of 18.8 per cent from 62,500 in Q1 2016/17
- 11,600 at higher level, an increase of 26.8 per cent from 9,100 in Q1 2016/17
- 46,600 were aged under 19, a decrease of 20.0 per cent from 58,300 in Q1 2016/17
- 67,800 aged 19 and over, a decrease of 30.4 per cent from 97,400 in Q1 2016/17