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The apprenticeship levy “will not level up Britain” without serious reform, the cabinet minister that introduced the policy has said.

Justine Greening, along with the former skills minister Anne Milton and eight business leaders, have written to chancellor Jeremy Hunt urging him to launch a formal review of the levy in next week’s spring budget.

The intervention, seen by FE Week, points to “billions of levy [funding] going unspent by employers” as their main argument for reform.

“There is a real opportunity for reform, not least having more transparency and engagement with employers on how that centrally returned levy is invested,” the letter says.

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