CITB warns apprenticeship levy to cut funding by 30%

The Construction Industry Training Board has raised grave concerns about the government’s planned new apprenticeship levy warning that it could see funding for construction apprenticeships cut by nearly a third.

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Chiefs at the CITB have warned that contractors may be expected to make up finding shortfalls putting them off taking on needed apprentices.

They are now urging contractors to raise their concerns during the Government’s consultation on the levy.

The Department for Education revealed details of the planned apprenticeship levy earlier this month. Under plans now out to consultation apprenticeships will be graded into 15 new bands with funding allocated in each from £1,500 to £27,000.

Steve Hearty, Head of Apprenticeships at CITB, said: “The Government’s proposed funding bands for framework apprenticeships raise real concerns for the construction industry.

“We support the new, employer-designed standards, because we think they will improve the quality of apprenticeships, and it is encouraging to note that Government state these will be funded at a higher rate than those recently published.

“However, no standards for construction have yet been approved and we are still working under the existing frameworks system and may well continue beyond 2017.

He warned: “Even with the sector beneficial STEM increases to funding the Government’s proposed funding bands will cut funding for construction apprenticeships by between 20% and 30%.

“We are concerned that training providers could stop training or they could ask employers to make up the shortfall in cost, which might deter firms from taking apprentices on.

“We have shared our concerns with DfE and will be doing formally through the formal consultation process that closes on 5 September.  Employers can do the same.”

from The UK Construction Blog http://ukconstructionblog.co.uk/2016/09/01/citb-warns-apprenticeship-levy-to-cut-funding-by-30/

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