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CBI backs apprenticeship skills credit

The CBI has commented on new proposals to overhaul apprenticeships funding published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Neil Carberry, CBI Director of Education and Skills, said:

“This could be a watershed moment for apprenticeships, putting employers genuinely in the driving seat for the first time.

“A radical overhaul is long overdue and business has been arguing loudly for targeting funding directly through employers.

“The new system must keep red tape to a minimum if we want more firms to take on apprentices. A skills tax credit is by far the best option on paper but needs detailed piloting to ensure the transition is smooth.”

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