The BRC criticised what it referred to as a criticised a rigid, restrictive method that can make it hard for suppliers to make use of the Apprenticeship Levy money. The velocity of acceptance for new apprenticeship specifications also came under hearth.
The organisation said that new apprenticeships commences decreased by 5% to one hundred twenty five,800 in the initially quarter of 2018/19. In retail, the determine is significantly better and new commences fell by fifteen% over-all, with a 20% fall in level-two commences.
The BRC referred to as apprenticeships a “vital” way for suppliers to increase the abilities and productivity of the workforce. Helen Dickinson, main executive of the BRC, said: “The government’s latest technique to apprenticeships is not functioning. Stores continue to fork out into an Apprenticeship Levy pot, still the quantity of commences has been slipping substantially. Federal government ought to make good on their pledge to reform the Levy, making it possible for suppliers to make improved use of the method and rising the expense they make in the UK’s three million retail workers.”