Providers cut apprenticeships due to lack of funding

More than a third of apprenticeship training providers with a non-levy government contract have stopped or significantly reduced the recruitment of apprentices for smaller employers due to a shortfall in funding.

The organisation says providers are now on average turning down approaches from 40 SMEs each, due to their non-levy employer funding allocation running out. This means up to 40,000 small businesses could be adversely affected by the shortfall.

A Department for Education spokesperson said: “The apprenticeship levy means more money is available than ever before for training, giving employers of all sizes the freedom to invest in the skills they need