Let’s make apprenticeships a ‘real alternative’ to university, says new government adviser

The TES is reporting that Nadhim Zahawi has been appointed as prime David Cameron’s adviser on apprentices, replacing Richard Harrington.

Mr Zahawi, the Conservative MP for Stratford-on-Avon, will also serve as joint chairman of the apprenticeship delivery board, which has been tasked with helping to deliver the government’s target of creating 3 million apprenticeships by 2020.

Mr Zahawi has already held several positions in government since his election to Parliament in 2010. He was appointed to the Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee in 2010, to the Number 10 policy unit in 2013 and to the Foreign Affairs Committee in 2014.

Earlier today, a tweet on behalf of Mr Cameron said that Mr Zahawi was “going to help me make sure businesses deliver on the apprenticeship agenda”.

Mr Zahawi is a businessman, entrepreneur and author. In 2000 he co-founded internet-based marketing and polling firm YouGov.

In a blog post published today, he writes: “This is an exciting time for apprenticeships in the UK as the government reforms the qualifications and introduces degree level and higher level apprenticeships, ahead of an expected increase in demand as the apprenticeship levy on large businesses is introduced in 2017…”

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I guess there are two challenges here: getting better recognition of higher level apprenticeships and then making sure far more of them are available.

Do your students see them as viable alternatives to university yet? Are they even on their radars?

And any reactions to Mr Zahawi’s appointment to this role?

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  1. brighton118

    SchoolsImprove – The key will be finding the employers who want apprentices & are willing to invest the necessary time in their training.

  2. Nor_edu

    brighton118 SchoolsImprove it’s not enough for some body else to just say this. We need shift in attitude from schls, teachers + parents

  3. brighton118

    Nor_edu SchoolsImprove-Exactly ! Was trying to promote this in schools 10+ yrs ago. Issue I found was findings employers. Need incentives.

  4. MissJones_14

    Nor_edu brighton118 SchoolsImprove we’ve just introduced an in-work apprenticeship for our TAs – who are loving it!

  5. MissJones_14

    Nor_edu brighton118 SchoolsImprove 2 and 3, depending on prior quals/lit and num strengths. Come visit and blog about it if you like 😉

  6. Nor_edu

    MissJones_14 brighton118 SchoolsImprove thanks – would love to! Quite busy for next few weeks though, will be in touch about it 🙂

  7. MissJones_14

    Nor_edu brighton118 SchoolsImprove can imagine 🙂 ways welcome! In a bit will be in full flow, Prob better anyway

  8. sofadog

    MissJones_14 Nor_edu brighton118 SchoolsImprove most TAs at local primary were once parent helpers – a kind of informal apprenticeship

  9. brighton118

    MissJones_14 Nor_edu SchoolsImprove – Excellent idea ! I wanted to do that in my school as was qual.ass’r for NVq’s ( had wkd in bus)

  10. iCoder1978

    brighton118 Nor_edu SchoolsImprove Some admins want schools to improve as if a djinn has granted a wish. Without finance involved.

  11. JudithBosavern

    SchoolsImprove How does this sit with NickyMorgan01 ‘s criticism of some vocational quals? Any joined up thinking here?

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