2 October 2018
The government has announced a package of reforms to the apprenticeship levy.
Key changes include:
- an extra £90 million of government funding enabling employers to invest a quester of their apprenticeship funds on people working for businesses in their supply chain;
- a further £5 million for the Institute of Apprenticeships to introduce new standards and updating existing ones so that more courses can be offered;
- discontinue the old frameworks so that all new apprenticeships will be on the same higher quality standards by the start of the 2020/21 academic year;
- establishing a national retraining scheme – during this Parliament;
- funding additional projects including £30 million to test artificial intelligence and innovative education technology and £34 million for construction funding.
The National Federation of Builders (NFB) welcomes the package of measures unveiled by the government to boost apprenticeships and the additional £34 million of construction funding. However the government could be, and should be doing more to address the future skills shortage amongst the construction industry.
The construction industry faces a well publicised skills shortage and it is important that young people and older, experienced workers are aware of the range of careers available within construction, as well as the support available to them. Richard Beresford, chief executive of the NFB, said:
“Education is a force for positive change and this is a step in the right direction, we should be focusing on future skills to show that the industry is prepared to change and move in line with the Government’s Construction Sector Deal, through innovative technologies and a more highly skilled workforce.”