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  • Lack of transparency is killing the Apprenticeship Levy and growth

    30 August 2022 by John Cope

    By John Cope, former ministerial adviser and board member of the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education. The recent story in the Financial Times that employers ‘lose more than £3.3bn in unspent apprenticeship levy funds’ is the latest in a long line of gloomy stories around the Levy. We have lurched between…

  • We’ve reached a tipping point on apprenticeships

    7 February 2022 by John Cope

    This blog was contributed by John Cope, Director of Strategy, Policy & Public Affairs, UCAS. There isn’t an education minister in living memory who didn’t at some point say they wanted to bring ‘parity of esteem’ between higher education and apprenticeships. Most believed it when they said it. Not many…