Apprenticeships up

Cllr Sir Richard Leese, Chair of the LGA’s City Regions Board, said councils were finding it a challenge to make the most of the Apprenticeship Levy because new apprenticeship standards are taking too long to approve. “Councils would need to hire the equivalent of the entire fire service each year for four years to meet their public sector target. This is at a time when councils continue to face significant and ongoing funding pressures with [staff] headcounts falling. The Budget contained a number of important changes, but the Government needs to ensure they result in the overall apprenticeship reforms being coherent and making sense on the ground.”

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