Funding to support investment in apprenticeships ‘should be welcomed’

In the budget, Chancellor George Osborne said that £170 million would be made available to meet business demand for the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) scheme.

According to Association of Employment and Learning Providers’ CEO, Stewart Segal: “Any additional funding to support employer investment in apprenticeships should be welcomed.  The AGE scheme should be reviewed to ensure that it is targeted correctly and that it generates a long-term commitment to apprenticeships from the employers who benefit.  It will also be important to understand how AGE sits with the proposed employer contributions in the new apprenticeship funding system.” 

He also said the extra investment in Higher Apprenticeships was good news “as it will underpin the growing understanding that there are high quality alternative routes to higher level attainment in addition to the traditional academic A Level and university path.  The intention to simplify the funding arrangements should be available to all providers.”