Labour’s Skills Taskforce, chaired by Chris Husbands, has today published a report on apprenticeships: A revolution in apprenticeships: a something-for-something deal with employers.
Describing itself as a “strategy to dramatically increase the number and quality of apprenticeships in England” the report says: “to protect the apprenticeship brand, level 2 training should be renamed as a traineeship or similar.”
“A universal gold standard for apprenticeships would reduce much of the low quality provision that is of no value to either employers or learners, and would minimise‘deadweight’, where public funds are spent on training that would have taken place anyway.
“To remedy this situation, Labour should work towards a situation whereby all apprenticeships:
• Are level 3 or above, which is the norm in Germany and other countries with strong apprenticeship systems;
• Last a minimum of 2 years for level 3 (equivalent to A level) and 3 years for level 4 (university level);
• Include at least a day a week (or the equivalent) of off-the-job training, ensuring that young people receive the broader theoretical training that underpins mobility and progression in the labour market alongside work-based training; and
• Are focused on new job entrants rather than existing employees”.
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