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20th September 2017: Millions of pounds* of apprenticeship levy money aimed at increasing the vocational skills of the nation is apparently going unused by businesses in London.

According to new research by Evolve Learning Group Ltd and West London College only one in six (16%) of London employers who qualify for the levy are taking advantage of it to train new and existing staff, suggesting that much of the levy is going untapped in the capital. This compares to the national rate of one in three firms who reported using the levy (32%).

This is despite strong evidence that London employers are finding it difficult to recruit staff with the right skills:
• 90% of London employers agreed they find it somewhat problematic to recruit individuals with the right skills for their business,
• with 38% reporting that it was extremely problematic, (against a national rate of 21%).

“London businesses are missing a trick,” says Garry...

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