Fall in apprenticeships may force ‘radical rethink’ of UK policy

Take-up declines by 27% as critics say levy on scheme is deterring employers

The government is under renewed pressure to implement a “radical rethink” of apprenticeships after a near 27% fall in the number taking up trainee posts in the last quarter of 2017.

The number starting apprenticeships dropped to 114,000 between August and October, down from 155,700 in the same period in 2016. That followed a 59% drop in the previous three months after the introduction of the apprenticeship levy in April last year.

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