CBI respond to the National Audit Office’s report on the Government’s apprenticeships programme.

Matthew Fell, CBI Chief UK Policy Director, said:

‘‘Today’s report confirms what employers already know – that the Apprenticeship Levy is not yet working as intended and is holding back the Government’s welcome efforts to modernise the skills system.

“Companies are committed to apprenticeships, so what’s needed now is a second wave of reform. The Government must use its review of the apprenticeship levy to work with business and the sector to build a system that supports, rather than frustrates, employers offering a first step to people in their career.’’

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