The transport and logistics industry has paid an estimated £130m in Apprentice Levy taxation since its introduction in April 2017 but has reclaimed only a fraction of this sum to fund training new or existing staff. With Brexit expected to lead to a further exodus of EU drivers and warehouse staff, the Levy was supposed to help industry plug the gap by recruiting and training more UK workers. According to the FTA, including HGV and van drivers, fork lift operators […]
Hundreds of millions of pounds raised by employers and intended to pay for apprentices has not been used and has instead paid back to the government, according to figures released under the Freedom of Information act.
Business leaders have called time on the apprenticeship levy, demanding the government ends the “failed experiment”.
The Apprenticeship Levy is not delivering what it was designed for, according to a two-year review of the ‘Transport infrastructure skills strategy’ by the Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce (STAT).