Apprentices: Taxation

Department for Education written question – answered on 12th December 2017.

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Photo of Jo Platt Jo Platt Labour/Co-operative, Leigh

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the effect of the introduction of the apprenticeship levy on the number of people undertaking apprenticeships.

Photo of Jo Platt Jo Platt Labour/Co-operative, Leigh

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether her Department has set a target for the number of apprenticeship starts in the year after the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton Minister of State (Education), Minister for Women

There have been over 1.1 million apprenticeship starts since May 2015 and we aim to reach 3 million apprenticeship starts in England by 2020. The apprenticeship levy is an essential step in our drive to boost productivity and encourage sustained employer investment in more high quality apprenticeships.

We are pleased to see a greater investment in higher quality, employer designed apprenticeship standards. 24,600 starts on standards took place in 2016/17, a significant increase from 4,300 the year before.

Our reforms are the largest changes to apprenticeships that government has ever made. It is expected that employers, and the apprenticeship market, take time to maximise the opportunities that apprenticeships represent.

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