Matt Hamnett

There’s beauty in the beast of the apprenticeship levy

Like the hulking monster that wins over heroine Belle in Disney’s blockbuster, the apprenticeship levy is a creature we can learn to love, says Matt Hamnett

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There’s something sweet and almost kind,

But he was mean and he was coarse and unrefined,

And now he’s dear and so unsure,

I wonder why I didn’t see it there before.

Spring 2017 will, I am sure, be remembered for the premiere of two blockbusters between which I can’t help but see real parallels. Both long-anticipated remakes of classics from a bygone era and with huge production budgets, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast remake and the government’s apprenticeship levy are now showing across the nation.

Prone to metaphor and symbolism as I am, I see some striking similarities between the ...

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