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CMI Responds to IFS Report on Apprenticeships Levy

In response to the IFS’ critical report on the Apprenticeships Levy, Petra Wilton, Director of Strategy for the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), calls for employers to support the Apprenticeship Levy, as investment in skills development for the next generation of managers will boost productivity for organisations.

On its website, The Institute for Fiscal Studies states that, a desire to expand the system of apprenticeships has been expressed by all major UK political parties and the current government’s focus on apprenticeships builds on commitments under the previous coalition and Labour governments. However, new IFS research shows that the significant expansion and design of the new system risks it being poor value for money and could end up being particularly damaging to the public sector. Source:


 Petra Wilton, Director of Strategy for the Chartered Management Institute, commented:

 “The Apprenticeship Levy is a huge opportunity for employers to invest in the skills needed to lead and grow a competitive workforce. With economic uncertainty ahead, employers need to invest in management capabilities now more than ever to lead change and engage their employees. Businesses disputing the need to invest in professional training need to realise that the true tax on jobs is the low productivity of managers already in the workplace costing £84bn per year according to research by Investors in People. Investment to upskill and bring on the next generation of managers through higher level and degree apprenticeships will be more than repaid by the productivity gains they deliver.


 “It’s vital that employers are fully supported to develop home-grown talent through high quality trailblazer apprenticeships. Already, we’re seeing major employers adopt the new Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship and invest in professional management pathways from Level 3 through to degrees. Education providers and professional bodies must now work with employers to help highlight how they can best benefit from the value of these new apprenticeships.”