New apprenticeship figures, but a similar story

 ‘Our goal is for young people to see apprenticeships as a high quality and prestigious path to successful careers’        Foreword to English Apprenticeships: Our 2020 Vision   HM Government Dec 2015   Latest statistics for apprenticeship starts continue to provide a rather different picture to that pained by government ministers. It’s true that there have … Continue reading New apprenticeship figures, but a similar story

Apprenticeships : many more applications than vacancies

Recent Department for Education statistics show that the number of apprenticeship applications far outstrip the number of apprenticeship vacancies. For example, between Aug 2015/16 there were a total of 1,656,680 applications for 211,380 vacancies a ratio of about 8 to 1 – about half of these were from 17-18 year olds. Three quarters of vacancies … Continue reading Apprenticeships : many more applications than vacancies

Still a ‘Great Training Robbery’

Updated and revised. This 'final' version covers developments since the 2015 General Election - like the employer levy, The Post-16 Plan, the Institute of Apprenticeships, the further development of the Trailblazers.  Despite these  however, provisional figures for 2015/2016 continue show that apprenticeships continue to be mostly 'low skilled and dead end' and for most young … Continue reading Still a ‘Great Training Robbery’

Welcome to the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education!

 She might have ditched the Cameron government’s Acadamisation plans but Education Secretary Justine Greening is going ahead with its  Post-16 Skills Plan [i] - legalities were formalised in The Technical and Further Education Bill on Oct 27th. The Plan commits itself to create 15 distinct ‘pathfinder’ routes into employment each with a single ‘college based’ Tech … Continue reading Welcome to the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education!

Apprenticeships. New figures, old failures

‘High quality skills and apprenticeships lie at the heart of the government’s drive to create the skilled workforce British industry needs to thrive, to boost productivity and build an economy that works for all’ (DfE press release 06/10/16) As the DfE attempts to talk up apprenticeships, its own data* paints a rather different story. It’s … Continue reading Apprenticeships. New figures, old failures