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”.
— No. 10 Press Office (@Number10press) November 4, 2015
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…”
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?
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