HR · 10 October 2018

Government urged to punish employers underpaying apprentices

UK apprentices are failing to get the high-quality training they need to prosper in business and in life
Employers should be rated on their ability to produce high-quality apprentices particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, according to new recommendations calling for sanctions on businesses underpaying workers.

A new report from the Education Committee, – “The apprenticeships ladder of opportunity: quality not quantity” said the government should introduce a kitemark system for good apprentice employers to encourage best practice and help apprentices choose the best employer for them.

The call came as the report found that UK apprentices are failing to get the high-quality training they need to prosper in business and in life. It said not only was training lacking quality, but that disadvantaged people were not being given the support they need to pursue an apprenticeship.

It recommended redoubling efforts to recruit apprentices from disadvantaged backgrounds and help them climb the “ladder of opportunity”.

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Apprenticeship levy

 

What smaller employers need to know about the new Apprenticeship Levy

The Apprenticeship Levy does open funding opportunities for smaller employers. They may not pay into the fund, but they can draw from it.

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