Responding to the apprenticeship starts data for May-July 2017 released today, Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief Executive of the BRC said:

“The 61 per cent decrease in apprenticeship starts since the introduction of the Levy confirms the retail industry’s view that the Levy, in its current form, is not working. A lack of flexibility in what the funds can be spent on is preventing retailers from making the most of apprenticeships. The industry recommending that the Government flexes the system to enable retailers to draw down levy funds to cover the cost of backfilling roles while apprentices are off the job.”