95% of manufacturers say Apprenticeship Levy must be changed to employer-led system

The Manufacturer | July 25, 2019

95% of manufacturers say Apprenticeship Levy must be changed to employer-led system
Industrial employers are calling for an urgent rethink to the governments Apprenticeship Levy to make access to funding more flexible in order to develop the essential skills needed for the future. The call comes on the back of a report by Make UK - An Unlevy playing field for manufacturers, which reveals that 95% of manufacturers want to see the Apprenticeship Levy changed and just 5% happy with the current system. A lack of appropriate apprenticeship training standards training course criteria available to employers to deliver the skills their businesses need is preventing employers from training the new generation of workers, fill vital skills gaps and growing their businesses. Half of manufacturing levy-payers now want to see the Apprenticeship Levy re-worked, giving them the flexibility to spend the levy they pay on all forms of training for all employees, not just apprenticeships.

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According to the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, the manufacturing industry currently contributes around $100 billion to Australia’s GDP annually, employs around 900,000 Australians, and contributes over 25 per cent of business expenditure on research and development.

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