Sharp fall in apprenticeship numbers
According to the latest figures from the Department for Education (DfE), only 48,000 people began an apprenticeship between May and July this year, down from 117,000 in the same period in 2016. So why is this? The the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) says it is unlikely to be the apprenticeship levy as 98% of firms are not liable for it, they say the main problem is the complexities of the system. Getting more people doing apprenticeships is critical, especially if the Government is to tackle the skills shortage already affecting many small firms and which is likely to become a problem for all employers post Brexit.