The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has called the aim of the apprenticeship levy introduced in England last year laudable, but that its structure and implementation are “causing confusion and frustration” and the levy needs to be reformed if it is to be workable for business.

According to the Department of Education, the number of apprenticeships begun since the introduction of the levy in April 2017 has fallen 25% compared to last year.

Public services think-tank Reform’s report ‘The Great Training Robbery: assessing the first year of the apprenticeship levy’, has found that apprenticeships have become complicated, and focus on the wrong kind of training.

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