Apprenticeships: Quality vs Quantity

How do we ensure apprenticeships deliver long-term benefits for individuals, employers and the country as a whole?

30 March 2015 / Be the first to comment

At a time when increasing the number of apprenticeship starts is high on Government’s agenda, we posed the question, ‘Apprenticeships Quality vs Quantity - How do we ensure apprenticeships deliver long-term benefits for individuals, employers and the country as a whole?’ 

At the Voice of Apprenticeships Conference in March 2015, City & Guilds’ Director General, Chris Jones and UK Managing Director, Kirstie Donnelly, were joined by an esteemed panel all to discuss the impact of the reforms and how we need to work together to create a sustainable future for apprentices.  The panel included; Professor Bill Lucas from the Centre for Real-World Learning, Ann Brown from Nationwide, Sue Price from First4Skills, Jean Duprez from K&M McLoughlin Decorating and Tiana Locker from City & Guilds Apprentice Connect. 

Key issues raised were:

  1. We need a period of stability to allow industry and education to focus on improving quality
  2. Employers and education need to work together to ensure young people have the right skill set for industry
  3. An apprenticeship should be a route to a job
  4. We need to work together to put learning at the heart of apprenticeships
  5. We need to do more to promote apprenticeships. 

Watch our short summary film from the debate:

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