Prime Minister David Cameron today outlined plans to increase the number and quality of apprenticeships across England. Employers are being asked for their views on the introduction of an apprenticeship levy – set to be introduced in 2017 and designed to increase investment in training and apprenticeships. The Government has not yet released any information on how much the levy might be.
However, Ufi Ibrahim, chief executive at the BHA has called for more information to end the uncertainty over the levy.
“Hospitality is one of the UK's greatest routes to meaningful careers for skilled and unskilled entrants alike. Apprenticeships play a big role in this respect, offering the employer and the apprentice a structured training and development programme,” Ibrahim said:
“As many of the new career starts in our industry are spread across the entire country and are in small businesses, we'd like the government to give greater consideration to SMEs and their ease of 'access to apprenticeships'.”