In a letter published in the Times newspaper, ACE have highlighted the fact that monthly apprenticeship numbers are routinely below targets set out by the government as part of its industrial strategy and will woefully short of its pledge for three million apprentices by 2020. More than 60,000 new apprentices a month are needed, yet last week's figures show only 22,300 new apprentices started in the last month.
The joint signatories of the letter have called for the Institute of Apprentices to be able to design and approve apprenticeship standards much more quickly and for more flexibility in how employers can spend the apprenticeship levy contribution, including spending throughout the supply chain.
TAC additionally wrote to Anne Milton MP, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills to raise a number of issues around apprenticeships, including the:
TAC will be meeting with her team to discuss these issues in person and in due course.
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