Number of people starting apprenticeships drops by a third

Number of people starting apprenticeships drops by a third

The number of people starting an apprenticeship fell by 34% in first three terms of 2017-18, prompting calls for an “urgent reassessment” of the system.

The number of apprenticeship starters fell to 290,500 since the start of the academic year, compared with 440,300 during the same nine-month period in the previous year and 384,500 in the equivalent period in 2015-16, according to Department of Education data.

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Comments (1)

  • John Paradise
    John Paradise
    Tue, 28 Aug 2018 12:53pm BST
    The issue for many employers is the 20% time out. Its impact is the same as double taxation. Payroll tax paid - becomes Apprenticeship Levy - but spend it and for every employee you have to effectively give one day per week off. In the healthcare industry that can cripple budgets as staff have to be backfilled and lets face it nurses are not exactly falling out of trees at the moment.

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