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CECA: Apprenticeship Levy must guarantee quality of training provision   31st March 2017

Civils contractors today warned that the Government’s Apprenticeship Levy may fail to meet the needs of the construction industry unless steps are taken to guarantee the quality of training provision in the sector.

A report published today by the House of Commons Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy casts serious doubts on the ability of the Levy to meet the needs of the UK economy.

Commenting, director of external affairs for the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) Marie-Claude Hemming said: “As an industry we are dependent on a highly skilled labour market, and we are generally supportive of Government initiatives to upskill and train the workforce.

“Upskilling is the most pressing concern in the UK infrastructure sector, as there is a substantial pipeline of projects to be delivered in the coming years.

“However, the proposed Apprenticeship Levy on larger employers to deliver the Government’s ambition of three million new apprenticeships will be extremely challenging for the majority of our members who will come under its scope.

“We are therefore calling on Government to consult with the construction industry as a matter of urgency, to ensure that the Levy is implemented in such a way that allows our sector to invest in skills through different qualifications and training methods applicable to their specific needs.

“CECA is seriously concerned about the potentially negative impact the Levy will have on the quality of apprenticeships, existing apprenticeship programmes, and wider skills development.

“If the Levy is rolled out in a manner that delivers quantity over quality, it will undermine the ability of contractors to deliver the vital infrastructure that business and communities rely upon, and that drives growth in the economy.”
  

 

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