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Jonathan Ashworth and Angela Rayner write to Matt Hancock calling for national investment, levy reform and a new deal on apprentice pay

In the letter, released after Ashworth’s to IPPR speech about the NHS workforce earlier today (27 March), Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary and Shadow Education Secretary write that “National investment is needed as a matter of urgency to pump-prime growth of the apprenticeship route to higher qualifications in the NHS.”

The letter also demands that levy funds must be “used to address the staffing crisis in our NHS, while preventing these funds from being diverted outside the NHS to benefit employers from other sectors.”

And proposes “A new deal on apprentice pay [that] would minimise damaging pay-led competition between trusts for apprentices; would ensure that apprentices feel properly valued and rewarded; and would widen participation by offering pay rates that staff excluded from traditional study could live on.”

In the letter, released after Ashworth’s to IPPR speech about the NHS workforce earlier today (27 March), Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary and Shadow Education Secretary write that:

“National investment is needed as a matter of urgency to pump-prime growth of the apprenticeship route to higher qualifications in the NHS.”

The letter also demands that levy funds must be “used to address the staffing crisis in our NHS, while preventing these funds from being diverted outside the NHS to benefit employers from other sectors.”

And proposes “A new deal on apprentice pay [that] would minimise damaging pay-led competition between trusts for apprentices; would ensure that apprentices feel properly valued and rewarded; and would widen participation by offering pay rates that staff excluded from traditional study could live on.”