The apprenticeship levy was hailed as a game-changer that would turbo-charge the training programme.
The reality hasn’t matched up to the hype. Monthly figures for apprenticeship starts are still way down from before the levy came in.
A question has emerged: how is apprenticeship funding actually being spent? The main growth area in recent years has been in higher-level apprenticeships – the number of learners starting these has been growing by around 10,000 apprentices a year since 2011-12.
So, is this really the best use of money? “We have seen examples where existing graduate schemes are ...
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