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Brexit, what does it mean for apprenticeships?

Abby Davies - Thursday, July 07, 2016

June , this year, saw a huge moment in history when the UK decided to leave the EU for its own independence with a 72% majority vote. With a high density of students and young people voting to remain in the EU, what does this mean for higher education and apprenticeships in the UK?
In relation to the high proportion of young voters you voted to remain in the referendum, student bodies such as NUS are ‘disappointed’ in the outcome and the new UK government needs to make crucial movement in order to avoid damaging outcomes to student futures.

As far as the new apprenticeships Levy is concerned, the leave campaign has been declared as a ‘defeat for students’ regarding the financial stability and open opportunity that will no longer be easily available. But this goes far further than just the funding aspect. Many industries are reliant on EU countries for exporting goods for trade, as well as the EU citizens that have migrated over to the UK and contribute to successful organisations. Minister Nick Boles has expressed concern that a possible recession from leaving the EU could create and unstable environment for apprenticeships, sacrificing the support it needs, although this may no be a bad thing for those wanting to delay the onset of the levy next April.

While companies will be wary about expanding their apprenticeship programmes, FE Week say small and medium sized enterprises should utilise the change into a key driver to increase apprenticeship starts. With the leave vote possibly delaying the levy, it enables such organisations to spend more time and effort on cultivating apprenticeships before implementing them.

The general outlook in leaving expresses a period of concern and uncertainty, mainly with fulfilling the 3 million apprenticeships by 2020. While there has not been official protocol put into action about what is next, his does not hinder the support and opportunity that apprenticeships offer for a brighter future.

Brexit campaigners have been quick to reassure that leaving the EU does not stop all funding for apprenticeships, and would in fact govern plans to expand apprenticeships through a stronger economy. As Nick Boles explained funding and support for young people “depends on the economy being strong and business being profitable” this doesn’t necessarily mean a decline in industries.


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