Holt to apprenticeships review

A review into how businesses can be encouraged to hire an apprentice has been delayed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Social entrepreneur and jeweller Jason Holt has finished his review, but the report and government response will not be published by the end of the month as planned.

“The date slipped, but the government have now agreed the 28th August to publish my report and its response,” Mr Holt told FE Week.

A BIS spokesperson added: “The launch won’t be at the end of July, but possibly on a date in August which is to be confirmed.”

Mr Holt, chief executive of Holts Group of Companies, told FE Week in April that as he gathered evidence there was “a sense of cluelessness” from employers about apprenticeships.

He said he was looking at how the process for recruiting and training new apprentices could be simplified, as well as how schools could be better engaged with the programme.

The review was announced by BIS in February.