Apprenticeships levy plan described as a ‘massive game changer’ at AELP autumn conference FE Week, 20 October 2015
The government’s planned apprenticeship levy has been described as a “massive game changer” by chief executive of the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (Niace) David Hughes. He praised the levy, which was announced by chancellor George Osborne in July. It has been criticised by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), at the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) conference in Coventry. He said the charge on large employers presented a “massive opportunity” to improve vocational training as the government tries to hit its target of creating three million apprenticeships by 2020. Stewart Segal, AELP chief executive, also told the conference that he was “amazed” that the government had opted for the levy. Sarah Hodgetts, senior policy adviser at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), told delegates that the levy should improve the quality of apprenticeships.