The responses and concerns amongst organisations undoubtedly vary by sector. Whilst some organisations felt that the levy was an additional cost, others felt it was extra money complicating their existing apprenticeship funding.
Construction represented the largest proportion of responses for what the Apprenticeship Levy will mean but they were the most polarised in their reactions. 27 per cent were positive in their initial reaction whilst 27 per cent were negative. 42 per cent were neutral whilst four per cent were unsure.
This level of ambivalence was also seen in the second biggest respondent, the charities, institute and associations sector, where only five per cent were positive about the effect of the levy and 10 per cent were negative. Nearly a third did not know, whilst 57 per cent remained neutral. Their concerns focused on the levy not being sufficient to employ an apprentice which was understandable, given the financial constraints often placed on HR budgets of not-for-profit organisations.
It is interesting to see such variation in the opinions of those organisations, particularly in the construction sector, where apprenticeships are commonplace. Some organisations even noted that their Annual General Meeting was in May where it would be discussed in more detail. This suggests that the mechanics of the levy are still being discussed even though it is already in force.