Exempt education establishments from the apprenticeship levy

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Motion #27
  • Berkshire

THAT Conference notes that, with school budgets already stretched due to the funding crisis, the apprenticeship levy is an unnecessary cost for education establishments, which could use this money to support students to develop the skills and gain the qualifications required to access apprenticeships.

Conference further notes that, although the Government claims the apprenticeship levy will only affect two per cent of employers, the Local Government Association predicts it will affect 90% of councils and, as a consequence, the vast majority of council-maintained schools. As things stand, any multi-academy trust or voluntary aided school with a payroll of over £3 million per year is also obliged to pay the levy.

Conference therefore instructs the Executive Committee to put forward to the Joint Executive Council that the Joint Executive Council lobby the Government to exempt education establishments from paying the apprenticeship levy.