Creative Industries: Apprenticeship Levy - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:45 pm on 4th June 2019.

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Photo of Lord Foster of Bath Lord Foster of Bath Chair, Rural Economy Committee 2:45 pm, 4th June 2019

I thank the Minister for the response, but it is widely accepted that for the creative industries, the apprenticeship levy is simply not fit for purpose. New figures now show that unless still greater flexibilities are built in, nearly half of the creative industries’ levy money will go unused. Why cannot levy-paying employers give even more of their unspent levy funds to apprenticeship training agencies or for other training purposes? Why can we not introduce an Open University-style credit scheme to help the many would-be creative industry apprentices who cannot meet the current minimum 12-month employment rule?