The report emphasises the need for further consultation with
industry on the development of the Government’s apprenticeship policy.
David Phoenix said: “A
key tool of the Government’s Productivity Plan is the apprenticeship levy,
which if implemented successfully, could support businesses to invest in skills
through a range of different qualifications and training methods to suit their
under current proposals employers cannot use their levy contributions to
upskill their workforce through the support of employer-sponsored degrees,
where employers not only pay the salaries of their students, but also fund
their tuition fees, provide on the job training and time off for study. Such programmes
have proven to be both popular and successful in the UK; they provide tuition
of the highest quality to over 250,000 degree level students, a much greater
number than any published ambition for higher or degree apprentices."