IGA calls for automotive apprenticeship focus

The IGA has reiterated its concerns around government support of automotive apprenticeships.

Ahead of the Spring Budget, it has pointed to a 39% decrease in new Level 2 & 3 Light Vehicle apprenticeship registrations since the introduction of the apprenticeship levy in 2017.

MP Robert Halfron, Minister for Skills, Apprenticeships, and Higher Education, has said the government is committed to increasing investment in apprentices, but the IGA has stressed the importance of aligning policies and initiatives with the automotive sector.

Stuart James, chief executive of the IGA, said: “We appreciate MP Robert Halfron’s response, yet we note that there is limited reference to the automotive sector in the letter. The automotive industry plays a vital role in the economy, and it is crucial that policies and initiatives regarding apprenticeships consider its unique challenges and opportunities.

“The letter predominantly focuses on the general principles of apprenticeships, and we urge for a more tailored approach to the challenges faced by the automotive sector. It is paramount that the government recognises the urgency of our message and brings about measures to apprenticeship funding to ensure the future of our industry.”

The IGA has said it will continue its dialogue with policymakers to ensure that the concerns and priorities of the automotive sector are addressed in future discussions regarding apprenticeships and skills development.