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Education committee raises apprenticeship levy concerns

The Commons education committee has raised concerns that institutions including universities are “re-badging” courses in order to allow employers to pay for them using apprenticeship levy funds.

The levy, which came into operation in 2017, sees businesses pay a percentage of their wage bill into a fund that they can then access to pay for apprenticeship training.

At a hearing on 16 January, the chair of the committee, Conservative MP Robert Halfon, said that some institutions were “re-badging expensive courses as apprenticeships” in order to attract students. He suggested this could be considered as “gaming” the apprenticeship system.

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