The Apprenticeship Levy was introduced in April 2017, making employers with an annual salary costs of £3m or more contribute 0.5% of their payroll cost towards the Levy.

One of the largest manufacturers' organisations in the UK, EEF, is reporting that many companies have postponed or even halted apprenticeships because of the Levy.  

That is a big concern, given that the very purpose of the Levy was to "encourage employers to invest in apprenticeship programmes and to raise additional funds to improve the quality and quantity of apprenticeships".  The Apprenticeship Levy paid by businesses can be accessed by those same companies to fund apprenticeship training in their business.  

However, that message doesn't seem to have quite reached some larger businesses, so is it time for a re-think?