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The Apprenticeship Levy: it can work for everyone

Nearly a quarter (23%) of levy-paying firms have no understanding of the Apprenticeship Levy or don’t know how their company will respond to it.
The Apprenticeship Levy, which came into force in April, obliges firms with wage bills in excess of £3m to pay 0.5% of that bill towards funding the creation of three-million new apprenticeships. It is not a popular measure, but Kate Maddison-Greenwell believes that if fully embraced, it can be beneficial for all.

Top five manufacturing myths busted

An effective Industrial Strategy must be comprehensive, be based on a genuine understanding of the needs of industry and be long term.
A national understanding and appreciation of all things manufacturing will never happen while widely-held and wholly incorrect perceptions of what industry looks like persist. Jonny Williamson busts the top five manufacturing myths.

UK education system: not fit for business

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Posted on 22 Feb 2017 by Nick Peters
The manufacturing sector is experiencing a dangerous skills shortage that appears to be getting worse with every passing year. There is a great deal of blame to go around, but a significant portion of it rests with the education system. Changing that requires a change in national attitudes to manufacturing, as Nick Peters reports.