New Government proposals for apprenticeships

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New proposals will see £2.5 billion invested in apprenticeship training by 2020.

Only employers with an annual wage bill of more than £3 million will pay into the Apprenticeship Levy, which is due to start next May. According to the Department for Education, this means that 98% of employers in England will not have to pay anything into the Levy, but will still receive 90% of the costs of training an apprentice from the government.

Tony Howard, director of training at the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), welcomed the proposals, but called for greater urgency. "We applaud the potential 90% government funding and the uplifting of STEM subject areas by 40% for Level 2 apprentices and 80% for level 3 apprentices," he said. "However, this is not approved yet and if we are to move successfully into the Trailblazers and Future Apprentices programmes we need that funding to be available now - not next year."

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