Apprenticeships ‘must address distinct needs of teens’

The BBC is reporting that too many apprenticeships in England do not help teenagers start a career or progress to higher vocational education, research suggests.

The Institute for Public Policy Research wants lower level apprenticeships replaced by a pre-apprenticeship programme addressing 16- to 18-year-olds’ “distinct needs”.

Its report comes as universities are awarded £4.5m to develop 5,200 degree level apprenticeships from September.

The IPPR report says level-two apprenticeships for younger learners “are often very job specific, do not include much off the job training, and from next year they will not be required to include a recognised qualification”. 

“These sort of training programmes may make sense for adults who are already in work and looking to ‘top up’ their skills – however, they are not sufficient to help young people with relatively low levels of education get a foot on the career ladder,” it says.

Clare McNeil, IPPR associate director for work and families, said: “Young people often struggle to make the transition from education to work.

“Our apprenticeship system is failing too many young people. It is just not giving them the opportunity they need to build a successful career, and to make the most of their talents. 

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