The number of apprenticeships started in England each year has almost tripled over the past decade. The Conservative Government sees apprenticeships as a tool to increase national productivity and improve the wage and employment prospects of individuals. It has launched an ambitious reform agenda to deliver 3 million apprenticeships by 2020 – up from 2.4 million in the last parliament – and at the same time raise the standards of training and assessment.
Recent events – including Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, the Prime Minister’s resignation, a ministerial reshuffle and the moving of post-16 skills policy from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to the Department for Education – could lead to a shift in the direction of apprenticeship policy. However, the ‘post-16 skills plan’ published in July 2016 reaffirmed the commitment to these reforms and pledged further changes to raise college-based vocational education and better integrate the system as a whole (BIS and DfE 2016). The collection provides timely analysis to inform the direction of the Conservative Party’s manifesto commitments on apprenticeships under Theresa May’s leadership.
Written by a range of key influential individuals within the sector, The CIPD http://www.cipd.co.uk/ have published a report examining
- The aims and objectives of apprenticeship
- The philosopher’s stone? The case for national apprenticeship qualifications
- Employers and meeting the Government’s apprenticeship target: what could possibly go wrong?
- Unions and employers in the driving seat
- Sector-led approaches to raising apprenticeships: an employer’s perspective
- Why colleges and universities should be offering more and better apprenticeships
- University-led apprenticeships: a new model for apprentice education
- Lessons from abroad: the need for employee involvement, regulation and education for broad occupational profiles
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