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The Apprenticeship Levy In UK – A substantial reduction in apprenticeship numbers

Over half of today’s 19-year-olds are engaged in either work, training, vocational study or an apprenticeship, the last of which being a government priority. This morning, the Department for Education published figures outlining the number of people who started an apprenticeship in May, with May marking one year since the apprenticeship levy and its associated training rules first made their effect. Here are five points to take away from the first year.

Substantial reduction in apprenticeship numbers

This will come as no surprise to even the casual observer. Last autumn, when figures for the first quarter post-apprenticeship levy came out, the education sector was taken aback by a year-on-year fall in starts of roughly 60 per cent. Today’s figures tell a more nuanced story. While more people started an apprenticeship this May (provisional figures note that 22,300 did) than in May 2017 (final figures show that only 12,900 did), May 2017 was the first month in which the levy sat in place and, as such, it marked a shock to the system.

It is perhaps more accurate to compare the academic years to date. Here, the narrative of falling starts persists: when we compare August to May 2017 with August to May 2018, we find that the number of people starting an apprenticeship was down by 157,000, or 34 per cent.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at The apprenticeship levy a year on: lessons learned – Resolution Foundation

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