Nursing apprenticeships inquiry report published

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The House of Commons Education Committee has published its recommendations to government on nursing degree apprenticeships.

The report highlights the significant and specific challenges the NHS faces in the use of nursing degree apprenticeships and refers to the evidence NHS Employers submitted earlier in the year on behalf of NHS organisations.

The recommendations made in the report mirror the flexibilities we have raised, including:

  • Being able to use the levy to support a wider range of training activities to help deliver successful apprenticeships. This could include training those required to undertake supervision, assessment and mentoring of apprentices and enable them to carry this out in a consistent way.
  • Using the levy to support backfill costs for apprenticeships that require off-the-job-training of more than 20 per cent.
  • That the deadline for the use of the levy should be extended during this establishment period.

Daniel 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 Skills and Funding Agency to deliver this vital reform."

The full report and recommendations can be accessed on the select committee website.

For more information, advice and guidance about apprenticeships in the NHS, visit our dedicated web pages.

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