Apprenticeship quality must not suffer, warns City & Guilds Group CEO
City & Guilds Group CEO comments on the Chancellor's summer Budget 2015
08 July 2015
As part of George Osborne's Budget, he announced a new apprenticeship levy for large businesses.
In response, Chris Jones, Chief Executive of the City & Guilds Group said:
‘We welcome the Chancellor’s support for apprenticeships in today’s Budget Statement. Sustainable long term-funding solutions, such as the proposed apprenticeship levy for large firms, will be critical to not only meeting the 3m apprenticeship target, but making sure each and every apprenticeship is high quality.
'With the annual productivity gains from training an apprentice at £10,280 per year, the investment is well worth it. However, if this new levy is implemented, it must be done in a way that does not impose additional bureaucracy on businesses, and does not discourage employers from supporting on-the-job training in their companies.
'It is also important that support for would-be apprentices does not overshadow the need to help people up the ladder at every stage of their careers, including later in life. Today we are disappointed that the Chancellor was silent on the need to boost provision for over-19s in areas such as vocational qualifications and employability support. We also need alternatives to a purely academic curriculum at 14 or 15 – again, something that wasn’t covered.
'As I wrote to the Chancellor last week, broadening high-quality vocational education provision can make a substantial difference to employment, productivity, and our GDP.’