Posted 4th October

Apprenticeship levy 'going untapped' in London

By KBBDaily on 4th October 2017 - 15:12pm

New research by Evolve Learning Group and West London College has found that only one in six London employers who qualify for the Apprenticeship levy are actually taking advantage of it to train new and existing staff.

Compared with the national rate of one in three qualifying firms using the levy, this suggests that it is “going untapped” in the capital, according to the research, which questioned 1,005 employers with more than 150 employees across the UK, 187 of which were from London.

According to the survey, the levy is going underused despite 90% of London employers saying they find it “somewhat problematic” to recruit individuals with the right skills for their business, while 38% said that it was “extremely” problematic, higher than the national rate of 21%.

“London businesses are missing a trick,” said West London College CEO Garry Phillips. “By not tapping into the levy, companies are passing up on the opportunity to improve existing staff skills and bring new employees on board.”

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