Apprenticeships have ‘gone backwards’

The TES is reporting that Baroness Wolf of Dulwich tells MPs that, despite reforms to apprenticeship provision, ‘nothing has really changed’ 

Baroness Wolf said that the government’s target of creating 3 million apprentices by 2020 was shifting focus away from making progress in creating higher level apprenticeships.

“We are not making any progress in shifting the focus of apprenticeships to high skill traditional routes,” she said. “And actually I don’t understand why, although my hunch is that although with half of its intentions the government is indeed committed to trying to improve apprenticeships… With its other half, of course, it is tied to a 3 million target, and that would have to be my explanation of what is going on.”

She added: “I just have to say, I don’t know what’s happening out there. There was a very clear and really quite promising reform programme and it just seems to have run into the sand.”

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  1. Simon Foster

    The charges to employers is going to kill off the delivery of Apprenticeships in SME’s although the levy paying employers will want to see a return on their forced return on investment with the 0.5% charge on the wage bill.This may increase the number of higher level apprenticeships delivered in the companies who have wage bills of more than £3 million.

    Personally I have seen no change in the quality of Apprenticeships over the past ten years

  2. Busy Mum

    The apprenticeship target comes from the EU’s ET2020 program. Vote leave on 23rd and then we can focus on the quality rather than the quantity of apprenticeships.

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