Policy Report

Employer views on the apprenticeship levy

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Employer views on the Apprenticeship Levy

Published June 2016

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This report is based on findings from two surveys, one of more than 1,000 employers and one of 500 employers, as well as in-depth interviews with senior managers in 12 organisations. Its purpose is to provide early insights into employers’ views on the apprenticeship levy and the likely effect of the levy on apprenticeship numbers and quality, as well as on wider skills development within both levy-paying and non-levy paying organisations.

‘In all, about a third of organisations support the principle of the
levy, with just over a quarter of employers opposing the levy
and almost four in ten saying they don’t know either way.’

Content of the report

  • Introduction
  • The role of apprenticeships in addressing recruitment difficulties and skills shortages
  • Current provision of apprenticeships
  • Employer attitudes towards and understanding of the apprenticeship levy
  • The likely impact of the apprenticeship levy
  • Conclusions and recommendations
  • Appendix: Employer case studies