The Apprenticeships Levy
In July 2015 the government announced that it will be introducing a levy on large employers to help fund apprenticeships.
Each large employer – even if they do not have apprentices – will be obliged to pay a certain amount of money into the scheme. This sum will be set aside for their spending on training and assessing apprentices. If they do not use it, then the money will be redistributed to other employers.
The government asked for information to help them decide how employers will pay the apprenticeship levy, and how they will be able to spend it.
What are the challenges for young women?
Young women tell us they are attracted to apprenticeships because of the opportunity to receive training whilst earning and to gain practical skills. However, they are more likely than young men to report that they received no training and that it is poor quality.
The apprenticeship rate of the minimum wage is £3.30 an hour, compared to the adult minimum wage of £6.70 an hour, which is not enough to live on without support from other people. Low pay stops women without parents who can support them from applying for apprenticeships.
What do Young Women’s Trust want to happen?
- We would like to create a new youth apprenticeship group who will advise government about how to make apprenticeships work better for young people.
- The government should enforce employers to give all apprentices the required amount of training.
- All employers should have policies to recruit and train apprentices from all backgrounds.
- To avoid unscrupulous employers exploiting apprentices, employers who want extra funding must commit to giving jobs to their existing apprentices.
- As well as spending their dedicated money on training and assessing apprenticeships, young women think that employers should be able to use that money to top up apprentices’ pay and subsidise their travel costs.