- Earning and learning—improving the apprenticeship system in the UK
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- What were the report’s key findings and what recommendations did it make with regards to introducing a new pre-apprenticeship programme for 16 to 18-year-olds?
- How does the report suggest the government strike the appropriate balance between ‘earning and learning’?
- Should there be more off-the-job training combined with recognisable qualifications at the end of the placement and what efforts should be made by employers to diversify their offering and ensure apprenticeships expose young people to a variety of different work?
- What has been the approach taken in other jurisdictions with lower rates of youth unemployment, such as Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands?
- The Technical and Further Education Bill 2016–17 is expected to include provision related to apprenticeships and a debate has taken place on its second reading. Do you expect that the Bill will meet any of the recommendations set out in the report?
- Are there any other interesting trends or developments affecting the provision of education for 16 to 18-year-olds olds worthy of note?
Employment analysis: Claire Anderson, a director at Pitmans LLP, reviews the key findings from the ‘Earning and learning: Making the apprenticeship system work for 16–18-year-olds’ report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). She also explains that there is a need to offer better education-to-work transitions for young people.
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