The TES is reporting that since the 1980s, FE and skills has switched 11 times between government departments and resided under 65 different secretaries of state, according to the report by the City & Guilds Group
The report, published today, says that while current efforts to improve the perception of vocational education and increase employer engagement is positive, poor “organisational memory” due to continuous ministerial reshuffles means sustained progress is “in jeopardy”.
The report also says that despite the positive move of the apprenticeship levy, government has failed to “get business on side”.
Chris Jones, chief executive of the City & Guilds Group, said: “The government has taken some really positive steps to enhance the skills system, and raise the profile of apprenticeships and technical education. Support for apprenticeships is ever-increasing, and there has been a real drive to simplify the system and boost its reputation. But when it comes to implementation, it’s a case of two steps forward and one step back. Issues such as lack of organisational memory and consultation persist, which put any progress we’ve made over the past few years at risk.”
Do you agree that the inconsistency and constant reshuffles is hindering the progress of apprenticeships? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie
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