The Edge Foundation criticises plans to cut adult apprenticeships

The Edge Foundation, has condemned government plans to change the way adult apprenticeships are paid in the UK. The plans say that employers should pay the difference when subsidies are reduced. The charity says that if employers have to pay more, apprentice numbers could fall by 73%.

David Harbourne, Edge’s director of policy and research said: “The Apprenticeship system has a mixture of strengths and weaknesses. There is a case for reform, particularly to ensure that public subsidies are spent well and wisely. However, the government has chosen a dangerously blunt instrument. Their proposals will lead to a large reduction in apprenticeship numbers. They will also have a big impact on specialist training services.”