Over 600 people have shown their support for this reform of the 2017 Apprenticeship Levy, organised by the Recruitment & Employment Council (REC).
The REC argue that these changes will boost progression, address current chronic skills shortages and help boost productivity in the UK.
‘The Apprenticeship Levy was designed with the best of intentions, but everyone knows it is not working as intended. It’s time for reform’, said Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the REC.
According to the REC, there are some 1.3 million agency workers in the UK — the second largest market for agencies in the world.
Extending apprenticeships to agency workers would unlock reserves of funds available to businesses to train up their staff. This would help address endemic skills shortages particularly in the construction industry, which is suffering its biggest drop in activity since 2009.