Policy Report

Where next for apprenticeships?

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Where next for apprenticeships?

Published August 2016

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The Government's stated aim is for all young people to have the chance to either go to university or start an apprenticeship. However, the impressive increase in apprenticeships in recent years masks an acute lack of high-quality apprenticeships for young people. This collection of essays, edited by Tess Lanning, brings together academics, experts and key stakeholders to explore the policies and practices needed to improve the quantity and quality of apprenticeships for young people. 

‘The Government’s reforms rely heavily on the willingness and capacity of
training providers to provide more and better apprenticeships than they do now.’

Content of the report 

Tess Lanning

1    The aims and objectives of apprenticeship 
      Alison Fuller and Lorna Unwin

2    The philosopher’s stone? The case for national apprenticeship qualifications  
      Alan Smithers

3    Employers and meeting the Government’s apprenticeship target: what could possibly go
Ewart Keep and Susan James Relly 

4    Unions and employers in the driving seat  
Tom Wilson

5    Sector-led approaches to raising apprenticeships: an employer’s perspective  
Douglas McCormick

6    Why colleges and universities should be offering more and better apprenticeships  
Andy Westwood

7    University-led apprenticeships: a new model for apprentice education  
Sir Keith Burnett

8    Lessons from abroad: the need for employee involvement, regulation and education for broad
      occupational profiles  
Linda Clarke and Christopher Winch

Concluding thoughts and recommendations
Tess Lanning