Skills minister should delay apprenticeship levy says CBI.

‘The apprenticeship levy launch date should be delayed by the new skills minister, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has insisted.

Harlow MP Robert Halfon was confirmed as Nick Boles’ successor as skills minister a few hours after on the CBI unveiled the results of a survey with nearly 500 companies showing widespread concern about the rushed design of the levy.

Josh Hardie, CBI deputy director-general, also called on the government to take its time.

He said: “The priority is getting the apprenticeship levy fit-for-purpose, as it will need a genuine change of direction if it is to work for apprentices, business and the economy.

“Nine months out from the planned start date businesses still lack vital information — the new administration should take the time to get this right.”

He added: “Business remains committed to working with them to achieve this – but time is running out.”’ – FE Week


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