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Government apprenticeship levy not enough to build skills, warns CBI

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Written on 30/07/2015 | Posted 2 years 6 months 20 days ago

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The levy is expected to take effect in 2017 or 2018 (cc Wikimedia // Dave Pape) The levy is expected to take effect in 2017 or 2018 (cc Wikimedia // Dave Pape)

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has criticised the proposed apprenticeship levy on big businesses in the UK, stating that this scheme will not be sufficient to combat a growing skills shortage.

The statement comes following a survey conducted by CBI and Pearson, which indicated that 55 percent of companies questioned were not confident that the highly skilled workforce required will exist in the coming years.

"The new levy announced in the Budget may guarantee funding for more apprenticeships, but it's unlikely to equate to higher quality or deliver the skills that industry needs," suggests Katja Hall, deputy director of the CBI. "Levies on training already exist in the construction sector, where two-thirds of employers are already reporting skills shortages.

"Employers have a critical role in upskilling the workforce, but part of the deal must be for real business control of apprenticeships to meet their needs on the ground. Worryingly, it's those high-growth, high-value sectors with the most potential which are the ones under most pressure."

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