IMI warns of worrying picture surrounding apprenticeship starts

The IMI has warned of a “worrying picture” when it comes to apprenticeship starts.

It lately unveiled new analysis demonstrating that there was a 67% increase in apprenticeship begins in the full academic 12 months 2020/21 compared to 2019/20. #

Nonetheless, while this is 16% larger than pre-pandemic concentrations, the actuality is that apprentice commences experienced slowed down considerably just before the pandemic.

Joanna Hollingdale, careers and pupil membership supervisor of the IMI said: “Automotive apprenticeship begins have had just one of the smallest proportion annually improves, with only travel and tourism (no maximize), producing (1%) and sport, leisure & recreation (52%) with more compact boosts.

“Yet our sector has performed a fundamental part in the course of the pandemic – trying to keep Britain transferring – and has a major contribution to make in the government’s Decarbonisation Prepare.

“What notably issues us is the lack of consider-up of the apprenticeship levy. Only 35% of automotive apprenticeships were being levy-funded in 2020/21 in contrast to all apprentices that ended up 61% levy funded.

“With this kind of a significant undertaking in advance of the sector in phrases of being completely ready for the new automotive innovation – from ADAS and connected to zero emissions – it is critical that employers create their pipeline of a trained workforce and the apprenticeship levy can perform a vital function in supporting this job.”