CITB hits back over apprenticeships levy
The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), which manages the sector’s existing skills levy, said it would be arguing this point during a consultation on the new scheme.
Chancellor George Osborne revealed plans for the UK-wide apprenticeship levy in this month’s Budget.
But CITB policy director Steve Radley said the new proposals would limit funding for skills training. “There are highly significant differences between the new apprenticeships levy proposed by the government and the long standing construction industry levy managed by CITB,” he said.
“The construction levy supports firms of all sizes, not just the largest companies. It also pays for a much broader range of skills training, with the government’s proposed levy intending to provide funding for apprenticeships only.
“These significant differences need to be addressed as part of the consultation process, in which we will play a full part.”
Radley added that the government had told the CITB that no decision had been made on how the proposed new levy would interact with the existing construction scheme.
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