The levy: how we can fix a bureaucratic nightmare

The apprenticeship levy has become tangled in red tape, writes Sir Vince Cable. The Lib Dem leader proposes a wide-ranging reform of the scheme to benefit both the economy and the people who need it most

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The apprenticeship levy was a good concept, but it has been so poorly implemented that it has turned into a bureaucratic nightmare.

When I was business secretary, we had managed to breathe life into apprenticeships, meeting a target to start 2 million between 2010 and 2015. They were high-quality, with employer-designed apprenticeships to fill in the skills gaps at the cutting edge of industry. Aerospace and construction were among the many beneficiaries.

But there was a 28 per cent drop in apprenticeships between August 2017 and March 2018, compared with the same period 12 months earlier, ...

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