||<p>There have been 338,400 apprenticeship starts since May 2017 of which 132,900 were
on new apprenticeship standards. The fall in starts has been greatest in Level 2 while
we have seen the numbers of starts on higher level standards (Level 4 and above) rise
by 12.5 per cent so far this year.</p><p> </p><p>Starts on new better quality apprenticeships
standards have increased rapidly. Over 40 per cent of individuals completing an apprenticeship
are now starting on standards, compared to just 2.5 per cent this time last year.
Higher quality training leads to increased productivity, at every level.</p><p> </p><p>The
department is working with employers to make sure that they can take advantage of
apprenticeships. We have already extended the amount of time employers have to spend
their levy (from 18 to 24 months), and have introduced transfers, to allow employers
to transfer up to 10 per cent of their annual value of levy funds to other employers
and recently announced that the cap on the number of employers to whom transfers can
be made has been lifted.</p><p> </p><p>The Institute for Apprenticeships has introduced
its Faster and Better campaign to speed up and simplify the approval of standards
development: <a href="https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/about/faster-and-better/"
50 standards have been approved in the last three months (April-June 2018). Over 300
standards are already approved, in all sectors of the economy - with more on the way.
We have run extensive communications campaigns since the reforms were introduced and
will be commencing the latest phase of our ‘Get in Go Far’ marketing campaign shortly.</p>