In response to the House of Commons Education Committee’s report on nursing degree apprenticeships, Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, said:
“Employers in the NHS have raised significant concerns about the use of the apprenticeship levy to train our future nurses - and we were pleased to be able to represent their views to the Select Committee.
“Employers remain committed to using this route to develop future nurses and committed to apprenticeships more generally. However, as the Committee points out, the current restrictions on the use of the levy act as a serious disincentive to the development of nurse apprentices.
“In common with other major employers, the NHS needs to see reform of the apprenticeship levy to enable it to deliver the government's apprenticeship agenda. We look forward to working with the Secretary of State for Education and the Education and Skills Funding Agency to deliver this vital reform.”