Commenting on the government’s response to the consultation on apprenticeship funding reform, Dr Adam Marshall, Executive Director at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:

“We have long argued that businesses want a bigger say over how training funds are spent, but not all companies are ready to take full control over apprenticeship funding. Ministers have listened – and recognised that different companies have different needs when it comes to apprenticeships. It is now important for them to clarify how apprenticeship funding will work in future, with a focus on keeping the system simple. At the same time, they must work to give companies who are ready a greater say in how apprenticeships are designed, delivered and paid for.”

“It is important that the government provides clear direction to businesses on funding reform as soon as possible, so that firms have the security to invest in developing and training their workforce. We are concerned that this has already been an 11 month consultation, with an unclear outcome, and the general election could prolong uncertainty, potentially discouraging some firms from investing in apprenticeships.”