Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive, BBPA, comments
“Increasing the time during which employers can use the funding from their Levy contribution, from 18 months to two years, is welcome, as is the increase in the level of funding available to employers using the food and drink engineer standard.
“We remain concerned, however, that employers will not be able to use their contributions for existing apprentices already working in their business. This seems to penalise employers in our sector that have bought into the scheme, and already invest heavily in apprentices.
“Setting up a new working group to look at how funds can be used within the supply chain is very welcome. The BBPA will continue our contribution towards this debate, as it has a huge effect on leased and tenanted pubs and suppliers to the brewing industry, but it is unfortunate that no change looks likely before 2018.”