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UK Government announces formal consultation on proposed apprenticeship levy

Large companies are set to be effected by new levy which seeks to address skills shortages and meet Government's target for 3 million new apprentices by 2020.

Recently the Prime Minister has announced that Government will formally consult on the Apprenticeship Levy proposed on all large firms. A survey platform has been launched for responses available here, alongside a consultation paper. The consultation closes on 2 October 2015.

The consultation seeks views on:

  • paying the levy;
  • how the levy should work for employers who operate across the whole of the UK;
  • how to make sure that employers paying the levy have the opportunity to get more out than they put in;
  • how best to give employers control of apprenticeships.

techUK, through our Skills, Talent and Migration Group, has previously met with BIS and HMT officials to learn more about the proposal, and has emphasised the need for a formal consultation process. We believe there are potential aspects of the proposal that have particular impact on the tech industry, and we now seek member views.

>>> Read our recent paper 'We're just not doing enough - Working together to meet the digital skills challenge'


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