The government’s Apprenticeship Levy is not being used properly, with large numbers of businesses still knowing nothing about it, new research has found.
A YouGov survey for Alliance Manchester Business School found that 48% of employers and 57% of employees know nothing about the Apprenticeship Levy, the UK tax on employers which can be used to fund apprenticeship training.
The survey also found that 39% of businesses offer no formal professional development for employees, despite 80% of workers saying that quality training is an important factor when deciding whether to leave a job.
Indeed, 51% of businesses said they are worried about maintaining quality teams in the next two years, but the research shows that little is being down to improve staff retention.
Dr David Lowe, programme director for MSc Management Practice at Alliance Manchester Business School, said: “This survey clearly shows that the limited awareness of the Apprenticeship Levy spans the entire workplace, with employees as well as business decision makers knowing very little about it and therefore the opportunities it offers.
“On one hand employers are not presenting professional development options to staff while workers are likewise not approaching their employers for the opportunity to complete management programmes because they either don’t know it’s a possibility, or don’t think their company would support it. Meanwhile the UK is continuing to miss out on the growth opportunity provided by a highly skilled management force.”
Within the school catering sector, some catering companies have established a training programme utilising their Apprenticeship Levy, while LACA has created a set of Professional Workforce Standards for caterers to follow when creating an apprentice scheme or a training programme for staff development.