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CBI RESPONDS TO GOVERNMENT PLANS TO CUT BUREAUCRACY FOR APPRENTICESHIPS

The CBI yesterday (Tuesday) commented on government measures to simplify the apprenticeship system for large employers, which were announced by Skills Minister John Hayes at a CBI apprenticeship breakfast.

Susan Anderson, CBI Director for Education & Skills policy, said:

“We welcome this report and the Government’s commitment to expanding apprenticeship schemes.

“Apprenticeships are vital to developing the skills that support economic growth and many employers already deliver excellent programmes.

“Cutting bureaucracy will support even more businesses to become involved and these recommendations set out the right path for reform.

“They recognise that employers are primarily concerned with the day-to-day running of their businesses, and that they are committed to offering high-quality training as their reputation and business success depends on this. We will work with the Government to take these plans forward.”

Ms Anderson added:

“We need to maximise spending on productive training and not divert resources to deal with administration. The money saved by reducing bureaucracy should support more apprenticeship places.

“These reforms should now be applied to smaller and medium-sized companies and the providers they work with. SMEs represent a significant market for apprenticeships and we must make it easier for these firms to access apprenticeship programmes.”

Mr Hayes was responding to a Department for Business, Innovation and Skills commissioned report on apprenticeship bureaucracy which was developed in partnership with the CBI, BT and other leading employers.

Notes to Editors:

The CBI is the UK's leading business organisation, speaking for some 240,000 businesses that together employ around a third of the private sector workforce. With offices across the UK as well as representation in Brussels, Washington, Beijing and Delhi the CBI communicates the British business voice around the world.

Media Contact:

CBI Press Office on 020 7395 8239 or out of hours pager on 07623 977 854. Follow the CBI on Twitter at: www.cbi.org.uk/twitter

 

 

 

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