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The impact of the Apprenticeship Levy on Apprenticeships and other training outcomes

Gavan Conlon, Andrew Dickerson, Steven McIntosh and Pietro Patrignani

CVER Research Papers from Centre for Vocational Education Research

Abstract: Since April 2017, UK employers with an annual pay bill above £3 million have contributed to the Apprenticeship Levy. In this paper we use a matched firm-learner dataset to explore changes in apprenticeship and other training outcomes between 2015/16 and 2018/19, a period which spans the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy. The findings reveal that over the period, there was a substantial shift away from lower-level apprenticeship starts to higher-level starts. Moreover, this shift was greater for employers who were required to pay the Levy, with smaller reductions in lower-level apprenticeships, and greater increases in higher-level apprenticeships when compared to similar non-Levy paying employers. No substantial differences were observed for other (non-apprenticeship) training undertaken over the same period.

Keywords: apprenticeship; apprenticeship levy; training (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I28 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021-04-14
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