ILM calls for employers to capitalise on next-generation apprenticeships

Research reveals widespread lack of awareness about how businesses can use the new levy

16 February 2017, London: With less than two months to go before the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, many employers are unaware of the opportunity the upcoming changes present.

New research from ILM, the UK’s leading specialist provider of leadership qualifications, found that more than half (59%) of the UK’s HR professionals are not aware of new standards that enable apprenticeships to be used as a means to address the critical needs of their business. At the end of 2016, ILM identified a major leadership skills gap in organisations across the UK. Research revealed that more than a quarter (28%) of employees lack trustworthy or inspirational leaders, and just a third (31%) of employers feel confident in their current supply of leadership talent.

Yet many organisations do not realise the potential for next-generation apprenticeships to address this skills gap; a quarter of senior leaders (25%) would not value leadership and management apprenticeships. However the upcoming changes relax prior achievement rules, meaning that existing managers, directors and senior officials, as well as new recruits, can now receive senior leadership development funded via the apprenticeship levy.  

Separate research released this week by ILM’s sister company, City & Guilds, found that management positions are the hardest to fill, and that almost half (47%) of businesses will focus recruitment efforts to meet this demand. However, just a fifth (19%) of respondents are aware that managers, directors and senior official job roles could be occupied by apprentices.

John Yates, group director at ILM, commented, “The levy provides the ideal opportunity for employers to start re-assessing their approach to learning and development overall, and to look again at the potential for apprenticeships to provide the talent they urgently need. Now that funding can be used to develop managers at all levels, whether they are existing employees or new recruits, it is the ideal way to invest in equipping current and future leaders with the skills that are so crucial for business success.”


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Laura Mountain, Communications Manager at ILM

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About ILM

ILM is the leading specialist provider of leadership qualifications in the UK. Over 70,000 ILM qualifications are awarded each year and in the past year alone, ILM has delivered over 14,000 management apprenticeships.

Over one million people hold an ILM qualification and the organisation is dedicated to continuously improving leadership, management and coaching skills - both in the UK and internationally – ensuring businesses and individuals are equipped for the working world now and in the future.

ILM develops qualifications, accredits and assesses training, and provides quality training materials to ensure continual learning development. ILM is a City & Guilds Group Business. All ILM qualifications are awarded by The City and Guilds of London Institute, which was founded in 1878 and is incorporated by Royal Charter.


About the research

ILM surveyed 2000 UK employees in full and part-time work, and 500 UK HR professionals in organisations of 250 people or more. The research was conducted by Censuswide in October 2016.

City & Guilds research was conducted by Censuswide in GB between 18th November and 5th December 2016. The total sample was 500 UK Senior financial decision makers.

The full City & Guilds research report is available to download here.

ILM Management Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are a valuable way to equip leaders and managers at any level with the skills they need to succeed – they are not just about vocational skills or technical roles. Last year, ILM qualified over 14,000 managers completed an ILM apprenticeship. By combining an ILM Diploma with a management apprenticeship, ILM will help to maintain the highest levels of quality to prepare learners for rigorous End Point Assessment and ensure they meet the new standards, and that the skills developed during the apprenticeship are fully recognised.

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