Commenting on today’s statement from the Department For Education on the number of Apprenticeship Starts, Tim Thomas, Director of Employment and Skills at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, said:
“With today’s headline figure showing a 25% fall in apprenticeship starts in the first two quarters of this year, this should be the final signal to Government that now is the time for a review and change.
“Whilst manufacturers are doing their best to push through the complexities of delivering apprenticeships, greater employer flexibility in using levy funds is needed so they can expand provision and deliver even more quality apprenticeships.
“There are some green shoots appearing in today's figures. The increase in higher level apprenticeships and more starts on the new apprenticeship standards indicates a shift towards delivering more rigorous, high-quality apprenticeships, which will deliver the higher-level skills manufacturers need.
“Government should capitalise on this and implement the changes manufacturers have been calling for since the start, so employers can access the skills their businesses desperately need now and in the future.“