Organisations back apprenticeship levy

Organisations investing in training to support business growth across Herefordshire and Worcestershire have defended a Government-run apprenticeship scheme.

Senior partners at law firm FBC Manby Bowdler, which has an office in Redditch, have been using the government’s Apprenticeship Levy since 2017 to grow its core staff across legal and non-legal positions.

Charlotte Clode, Training Partner for the firm, said it had and continues to add tremendous value to the firm’s ambitious plans for growth.

The comments come after claims by the Managing Partners Forum (MPF) that the scheme is unfavoured by many organisations with 42 per cent of professional services firms saying they had yet to receive anything back from paying the levy.

However, Charlotte said the firm’s experience of the scheme had been nothing but positive.

It works with Midlands provider In-Comm Training to provide a range of apprenticeship opportunities for young people across the Midlands.

She said: “We’ve embraced the Apprenticeship Levy by employing both legal and non-legal apprentices.

“We have apprentices working in IT, marketing, finance, compliance and our continuous improvement team – all recruited and supported in their development by In-Comm.”