A new report published by BPP University has surveyed 175 trusts on their apprenticeship levy strategies. The key findings from the report include:
- 95 per cent of the 175 trusts in England surveyed plan to use their apprenticeship levy fund
- more than half surveyed expect to spend the majority, if not all of their levy funds for 2017-18
- trusts plan to spend most of their levy funds on existing employees, rather than recruiting new employees into apprenticeship roles
- nine out of ten employers said they would use the levy to support workforce planning
- an appetite for nursing degree apprenticeships with 85 per cent of the 175 trusts surveyed looking to offer them.
The findings are positive, however more than 90 per cent of employers surveyed said that they'd like to see more flexibility over how they could spend their levy fund. Employers also voiced concern about the off-the-job training requirements, and suggested that this was preventing them from expanding their apprenticeship programmes in all divisions of their organisations.
The Apprenticeship Levy Study: NHS Trusts Report was produced collaboratively by BPP University, Health Education England, the Education Skills Funding Agency, and Trendence UK.
You can also find out more about how NHS Employers is raising awareness of the need for flexibilities in the apprenticeship levy in our response to the Health Education England workforce strategy and by reading Danny Mortimer's blog on apprenticeship levy flexibilities.