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The apprenticeships programme: follow up

We last reported to Parliament on the apprenticeships programme in September 2016. Since then there have been a number of developments which make revisiting this topic timely, including:

  • a 0.5% levy has been introduced on the payroll of large employers to fund apprenticeships
  • a new Institute for Apprenticeships has been established to ensure quality
  • employer-designed apprenticeship ‘standards’ are increasingly replacing the looser ‘frameworks’ previously used
  • the number of new apprenticeship starts in 2017/18 appears to be significantly lower than for the previous academic year

This study will examine the extent to which the reformed apprenticeships programme is delivering value for money. In particular:

  • Has good progress been made against previous NAO and PAC recommendations?
  • Is the apprenticeship programme achieving its stated goals and aims?
  • Is the Department for Education ensuring that the programme and levy system are not abused by stakeholders?

If you would like to provide evidence for our study please email the study team on enquiries@nao.gsi.gov.uk putting the study title in the subject line. The team will consider the evidence you provide; however, please note that due to the volume of information we receive we may not respond to you directly. If you need to raise a concern please use our contact form.