With the aim of investing in the country’s skills, the government will offer flexible apprenticeship options, a new Lifetime Skills Guarantee, and a ‘radical change’ to education and training.
This has been welcomed by many, however, the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) warns that the immediate impact may be limited.
Tania Bowers, Legal Counsel and Head of Public Policy at APSCo, commented, “The move to a more flexible training and skills development approach in the UK is something we welcome. We’ve long called for a relaxation around the Apprenticeship Levy rules to make the scheme more suitable for today’s modern world and during lockdown the flaws of the current apprenticeship funding became apparent. Despite millions of people finding themselves out of work looking for new employment opportunities or on furlough, businesses were unable to use their levy pot to fund training.”
“While we wait to review the full details of the new flexible options for Apprenticeship funding, it is our view that these changes need to be made swiftly to support those coming off furlough into potential unemployment.”