Half of apprenticeship courses in England have been accused of being “fake” by an education think tank.
The EDSK report says the apprenticeship levy – paid by big employers – is being used on low-skilled jobs or relabelling existing posts, rather than training.
Tom Richmond, the think tank’s director, said the apprenticeship scheme was “descending into farce”.
But a Department for Education spokeswoman defended apprenticeships as becoming “better quality”.
The apprenticeship levy is paid by large employers, who contribute 0.5% of their salary bill into the training fund.
But since 2017, the report claims £1.2bn from the levy has been spent on jobs “offering minimal training and low wages” or on “rebadging” jobs already offered by employers as apprenticeships.
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