In response to the Government’s announcement of further details on the Apprenticeship levy, Seamus Nevin, the Head of Skills and Employment at the Institute of Directors, said:
“We are in a period of significant uncertainty for our economy and employers are facing a potential squeeze on recruitment and investment. In that context, while the information released today is a welcome step, it is disappointing that employers will still have to wait until October, just six months before the proposed implementation of the Apprenticeship levy, for clarification on the technical rules of the levy system.
“Apprenticeships, and firms investing in training their workforce will be vital to future growth, but the focus must be on quality rather than just box ticking to meet an arbitrary government target. That would do little to boost productivity or help close the skills gap. Unfortunately, the Apprenticeship levy, in its current form, risks undermining that focus on quality because of poor design and rushed timescales. Without a rethink the levy system could damage, instead of raise, training quality.
“The IoD wants to make sure the Government gets the Apprenticeship levy right. We urge the Government to delay implementation and take time to reassess its design. Government must listen to the concerns raised by employers to make sure the system works for our economy and most importantly the apprentices concerned”.