‘Manufacturers’ organisation the EEF is today calling on the Government to delay the start of the Apprenticeship Levy until at least September 2017.
It says this would allow time to tackle serious flaws and avoid a ‘looming car crash’.
The call follows new research showing that just 1% of manufacturers support the levy’s roll-out in its current guise, while 72% want it to be delayed until business and Government are satisfied that it is fit-for-purpose.
The findings show widespread support among business (70%) for the Government’s drive to deliver a greater number of apprenticeships for the UK.
At the same time, however, just 18% think that the Apprenticeship Levy as it currently stands will help deliver this….
For the scheme to work, business says the levy must be simple to administer (92%), easy to understand (89%) and offer easy access to the funding (79%).
Instead, firms find it confusing (53%), overly complicated (49%) and think it will simply become another cost burden on business (54%).’ – Liverpool Echo