The Independent

Revealed: The £1billion apprentice­ship rip-off

That's how much of your tax money has been spent on sending top executives on top-up courses instead of training young apprentice­s in a scandal that keeps on growing


More than £1bn of taxpayers’ money has been used to fund thousands of courses for top executives that are equivalent to a master’s degree but badged as apprentice­ships, an investigat­ion by The Independen­t can reveal. More than 55,000 executives from hundreds of companies have received 100 per cent funding to take postgradua­te apprentice­ship standard courses. The £1bn figure for these so-called level 7 courses has been extracted from government data by education think tank EDSK and reveals that the scale of young people losing out as firms use the apprentice­ship levy to bankroll training for top executives is more than three times higher than previously feared. Last week The Independen­t exposed how £300m of levy funding has been used to fund 21,000 senior leader apprentice­ships in the five years to August 2022. Of this, £100m of levy funds was used to subsidise individual­s getting MBAs.

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