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LGA responds to the Government announcement of changes to the apprenticeship levy

Cllr Sir Richard Leese, Chair of the LGA’s City Regions Board, responds to the Government announcement of changes to the Apprenticeship Levy.

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Apprenticeship policy not reaching its potential as starts down by 131,500 since levy launch

“These figures are an early warning that the Apprenticeship Levy must be improved if it is to deliver the right training at the right time both for employers and for those wishing to pursue an apprenticeship."

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LGA: The Apprenticeship Levy needs improvement to reach its potential

“Councils support the Government's ambition to create 3 million apprenticeships. Good apprenticeships can give people the experience, skills and understanding that can often lead straight into a full-time job. However the Apprenticeship Levy must be improved in order to reach its potential."

LGA responds to Government's Career Break Returner Programme

“We are pleased that the Government has recognised the importance of supporting the return of good experienced social workers back into the profession."