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Government admits failing on apprenticeships

Gordon Marsden MP, Labour’s Shadow HE, FE and Skills Minister, responding to Richard Harrington admitting that the government’s apprenticeship policy is failing, said “The government’s handling of the apprenticeship levy has been utterly shambolic from the start.

“A large number of businesses are failing to engage with the government’s flagship apprenticeships and skills policy. It appears that the levy itself is being used simply to rebadge existing training and the Skills Minister can’t even confirm that funding will last beyond July.

“Young people in particular, as well as businesses and our wider economy, are paying the price for the government’s failure. The huge drop-off in apprenticeship opportunities is causing serious damage to opportunities for young people and the government urgently must get to grips with this fiasco.”