Low-level apprenticeships reflect Britain’s ‘coffee shop’ economy

Blog Post for Reclaiming Schools *network                                                                           Ofsted’s hard hitting report on the quality of apprenticeship provision, confirms what is … Continue reading Low-level apprenticeships reflect Britain’s ‘coffee shop’ economy

Now Apprenticeships failed by Ofsted

Skills Minister Nick Boles  might be  correct to claim that more people than ever are now currently on apprenticeships, but  the  government’s  own  data published last week   shows it  will struggle to create the 3 million (high quality) new apprenticeships promised by  the end of the Parliament. It’s true that the last academic year … Continue reading Now Apprenticeships failed by Ofsted

Apprenticeship starts well below Cameron’s target

Figures released by the Skills Funding Agency at the end of June,  show  just  375 000 apprenticeship starts for the 9 months between August 2014 and April 2015. Only 100 000 of the new starts are by young people under 19 and another 125 000 by those aged 19-24.  In otherwords, 4 out of 10 starts … Continue reading Apprenticeship starts well below Cameron’s target

Mr Cameron’s three million apprenticeships. Problems already?

In Wednesday’s Queen's  Speech, David Cameron reiterated his commitment to creating 3 million more apprenticeships. 'A new Bill will help to create two million more jobs this Parliament. That means there should be a job for everyone who wants one – in other words, full employment. To help people get those jobs, we’ll train them … Continue reading Mr Cameron’s three million apprenticeships. Problems already?

Mr Cameron’s Three Million Apprenticeships

During the election, Tory promises to young people never got much further than David Cameron’s pledge to create another 3 million apprenticeships during the next parliament. He provided few other details apart from outlining how the new opportunities would be at least part financed by cutting benefits for unemployed young people. As well as promising … Continue reading Mr Cameron’s Three Million Apprenticeships

Desperate Dave and the three million apprentices

  Desperate to have something new to offer, David Cameron now promises 3 million more apprenticeships during the next Parliament. Estimated at £300 million per annum, these would come at the expense of further benefit cuts for families and unemployed young people. According to the Tories, reducing total benefit eligibility ‘within the first few days’ … Continue reading Desperate Dave and the three million apprentices

Apprenticeships – a jobs and employment problem

Statistics from the Skill Funding Agency show a fall in the number of apprenticeships starts for the twelve months to July 2014 –a total of 423,500 down from 510,000. This is mostly the result of a fall in the number of ‘adult’ (over 25) apprentices and in the practice where employers re-categorise existing workers. There … Continue reading Apprenticeships – a jobs and employment problem

Ed Miliband and Apprenticeships

                                      Latest research on apprenticeships  http://radicaledbks.com/  Labour has promised to overhaul apprenticeships –correctly arguing that compared with the demand for them, there has been nowhere near enough and that most have been low level only lasting for a year, often in low paid sectors of the service economy rather than in manufacturing, engineering and construction. Until … Continue reading Ed Miliband and Apprenticeships