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AELP statement on the Chancellor’s Budget

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Last updated: 9th Mar 2017

AELP statement on the Chancellor’s Budget

The Chancellor’s Budget speech contained no new announcements on further education and skills which had not been already covered by the technical education announcements on 5 March.  In response to the speech, AELP CEO Mark Dawe said:

 

‘We welcome the Chancellor’s recognition of the importance of skills for young people in today’s Budget, the measures to boost technical education and his statement that the government’s 3 million apprenticeships target remains a key plank of its skills policy.  However as part of the government’s social mobility and productivity agendas, ongoing financial support is crucial for SMEs who wish to offer apprenticeship opportunities.  Smaller businesses who are outside the apprenticeship levy’s scope account for over half of these opportunities, many of which are in areas of the country where there are few or no levy paying employers.  So it is absolutely vital that the government comes forward with a guaranteed minimum £1bn a year budget to keep SMEs on board the programme and to ensure young people get the opportunities they need.’

 

Link to Budget 2017 documents: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/spring-budget-2017-documents

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/597291/London-Devolution-MoU.pdf