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Underspend mars pilot of £10m fund to train workers

As the scheme to link colleges with employers is extended into its second year, a report reveals that the expected high level of demand has ‘not materialised’. By Julia Belgutay

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The pilot year of the Flexible Workforce Development Fund has not been without controversy. Set up to help employers upskill and reskill their existing workforce, the £10 million fund allows them to partner with colleges on in-work skills training. It is available to organisations across the private, public and third sectors subject to the UK government’s apprenticeship levy.

But business leaders have warned that the fund is too small and too restricted, with employers able to apply for only up to £10,000 worth of training during the pilot. This is despite the fact that the levy – which was ...

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