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Response to IFS Report on Apprenticeship Scheme

Tuesday, January 31, 2017


An Institute for Fiscal Studies report today criticised the Government’s target for 3 million apprenticeships, warning employers will just ‘rebrand’ existing training and not reinvest the estimated £2.8billion raised by the new employers’ levy. [1]

Jude Brimble, GMB National Secretary for Manufacturing, said:

“The IFS is right to sound a note of caution over this predictably haphazard Tory approach to apprenticeships.

“There is a danger that some employers will look to use the new apprenticeship levy as a means to accessing cheap labour with poor training schemes in the name of apprenticeships.

“It's imperative the Government ensures quality apprenticeships are delivered - and employers are held to account.

“There is a real skills gap in the UK across many areas of manufacturing - as well and management - and employers have to start investing in young people.

“GMB is working with many employers to do just that and we are determined members get the best access to quality apprenticeships, leading to quality jobs and quality pay.

“To be a success, the scheme must recognise and work hand-in-hand with trade unions to secure long term, real jobs for apprentices.

“Otherwise it will end up just another failed scheme by this Tory Government.”


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