BUILD UK RESPONDS TO GOVERNMENT'S APPRENTICESHIP LEVY CONSULTATION
Build UK has submitted a comprehensive response to Government plans for an economy-wide Apprenticeship Levy on large employers, designed to support the Government's target of three million new apprenticeship starts by 2020. The Build UK response aims to open a dialogue with Ministers on how to grow apprenticeship numbers and tackle skills shortages within the current recognised industry framework.
Construction employers who are in-scope to CITB already contribute to the cost of industry training and apprenticeships through the CITB Levy and Grants Scheme. Of the £160 million raised by the CITB Levy last year, over £42 million was paid to employer in grants to support 18,500 apprentices. Build UK has highlighted that the majority of large employers would not be prepared to pay two levies and the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy as proposed would lead to firms withdrawing their consensus support for the existing system which would have a devastating impact on training in the sector.