Another year, another round of worries about the impact of the Apprenticeship Levy. Are the number of starts continuing to fall; are they all being converted to MBA-level courses; and will there be further changes to the levy? Last year, the stock answer to these questions was “wait and see.”
But, as we approach the second anniversary of the levy this April, we’re beginning to see what the new apprenticeship regime looks like. The number of starts – while still lower than the pre-levy system – has stopped falling, while the composition of those starts has shifted towards higher levels of study.