We welcome the opportunity to provide written evidence to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships to inform its annual report on the Apprenticeship Levy. BusinessLDN and our members support apprenticeships as an important part of any employer’s workforce strategy.

At its best, the apprenticeship system provides employers with access to individuals with the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to succeed in today’s workplaces. Apprenticeships also open new pathways into employment, deepening the pool of labour that businesses can access. It also offers individuals the opportunity to experience on-the-job learning. However, data on take-up and feedback from our members indicates that reform of tthe Apprenticeship Levy is needed to make the system work more effectively.