The Campaign for Learning and NCFE publish today ‘Future Proofing Apprenticeship Funding in England for the 2020s’.

The paper is a volume of pieces by ten policy experts from the Association of Colleges, the Resolution Foundation, Confederation of British Industry, British Chambers of Commerce, the TUC, University Vocational Awards Council, the Association of Learning and Employment Providers, London First and University of Manchester.

The authors look at what can be seen as the most sensitive aspect of apprenticeship policy at the moment - funding. Their pieces raise a number of important issues for consideration and debate and each author makes three recommendations on how apprenticeship funding can be future proofed into the 2020s.

The issues and points raised in the paper include:

  • The need for a full funding guarantee for 16-18 apprenticeships
  • How revenue from the Apprenticeship Levy may be affected by the Brexit outcome
  • The need for transparency on Apprenticeship funding so that it’s easier to understand
  • How funding is distributed including devolving funding to elected mayors

Authors and Articles in the paper

  • Julian Gravatt, Association of Colleges on Apprenticeship Funding in England: A Busted Programme Budget
  • Kathleen Henehan, The Resolution Foundation on Apprenticeship Starts in England: Changes Since the Levy
  • John Cope, Confederation of Business Industry on Mending the English Apprenticeship Funding System
  • Jane Gratton, British Chambers of Commerce on Small Firms – In or Out of the Apprenticeship Levy?
  • Paul Nowak, TUC on Investing in High-Quality Accessible Apprenticeships
  • Adrian Anderson, UVAC on Directing Apprenticeship Funding to Raise Organisational Productivity
  • Mark Dawe, AELP on Apprenticeship Funding: Hard Choices, Even Harder Decisions               
  • Mark Hilton, London First on Apprenticeship Funding: Issues for London     
  • Andy Westwood, University of Manchester on Apprenticeship Funding: Issues for Greater Manchester
  • Mark Corney, Policy Consultant on Brexit, the UK Apprenticeship Levy and Apprenticeship Funding in England  

Julia Wright, National Director of the Campaign for Learning said:

"Apprenticeships are a way to meet the needs and challenges of our age. They can help expand high quality opportunities for young people, support longer working lives through upskilling and reskilling; and provide learning and development for the resident population if and when immigration policies are tightened. We are delighted that our contributors have given their expert thoughts and recommendations for funding to ensure apprenticeships stay at the heart of these and wider agendas."

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