07 / 10 / 2015 11.58am
NHS Employers has responded on behalf of employers to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to express concerns about the Government’s proposal to introduce an apprenticeship levy.
Our response details a number of concerns about the proposed levy, including:
- Applying a levy based on employee earnings does not take into account the range of training and skills required in particular sectors.
- As the largest employer across England the NHS would be the biggest contributor.
- Apprenticeship qualifications are not sufficient for a large proportion of the NHS workforce.
- Given the size of the workforce and the diversity of roles, the NHS would be unable to get back what it has paid in.
Download and read our response in full, which details our concerns to BIS. The letter is in response to the consultation on the proposal and includes views captured from our engagement with employers across the NHS.
The apprenticeship levy
Under the proposal a levy will be applied to large employers at a rate calculated on the basis on employee earnings. Employers will then be allocated funding via a digital voucher system to purchase training from providers, giving them more choice and control over the training offered to apprentices.
Apprenticeships and traineeships can offer opportunities to young people from the local community and still remain a cost-effective means of creating a skilled and flexible workforce within the NHS. To find out more visit Apprenticeships and traineeships.