Making apprenticeships work


Done right, apprenticeships can deliver a significant boost to the UK economy by providing the technical skills that it needs and helping address the UK’s woeful performance on productivity. High quality vocational education supports incomes and job prospects. Apprenticeships can also ensure that there are valuable training opportunities for those who do not pursue an academic path, whether that is to enable them to enter work or to progress their career. This report assesses the factors that affect the value of apprenticeships, and the emerging evidence on whether the current policy will deliver high value apprenticeships. It concludes that there are insufficient safeguards against poor-quality training and inadequate incentives for the pursuit of high value schemes. It argues that government needs to do more to steer the market towards apprenticeships that will deliver good returns and that are resilient to change in the wider economy.

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