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Scrap apprenticeship fees!

09 July 2018

Given the current weakness in the number of new apprenticeship starts, and with Brexit now firmly on the horizon, AAT CEO Mark Farrar says the time is right to scrap the 10% apprenticeship charge for SMEs.

Since the apprenticeship levy was brought in starts have “fallen off the cliff’, admits Farrar. There were just 23,900 starts in March 2018, for example, which is half that of March 2017.

He felt that SMEs (and there are 5.7m of them) are vital in helping the government reach its target of three million apprenticeship starts in 2020.

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