Commenting on the Government’s Skills for Jobs White Paper published today, Tom Ironside, Director of Business and Regulation at the British Retail Consortium said:

"Digital transformation and evolving consumer behaviour have led to a period of extraordinary change for retail and its workforce. The measures announced today, such as putting employers at the centre of identifying future skills needs and ways to meet those needs, should be welcomed by retailers up and down the country. 

"Whilst the National Skills Fund and the Lifetime Skills Guarantee will help the industry to upskill and retrain, the Government has fallen short on its commitment to reform the Apprenticeship Levy. As we enter the recovery phase from the pandemic, boosting employment will be crucial to re-building our economy. We hope the Government will use the Budget to go even further by allowing employers to use levy funds for more job and training opportunities, which will help the UK recover faster and meet the skills needs of the future."