Apprenticeship quality is more important than quantity, report says

We have to think long-term when it comes to apprenticeships, says UK MD

06 March 2015 / Be the first to comment

Only a third of parents would recommend an apprenticeship to their children. That's just one finding that's been published in a new report from Demos.

Kirstie Donnelly, UK Managing Director, City & Guilds, was one of the commissioners of the report.

She said: 'The report of the Commission on Apprenticeships led by Lord Glasman launched this week.

'I was delighted to have been a member of the commission and believe the subsequent report is a valuable insight into the next steps for the  apprenticeship systems offering practical recommendations on how to improve and strengthen the UK system.

'The report highlights the worrying fact that only a third of parents believe an apprenticeship could be the right choice for their child.  It’s hardly surprising that parents and teachers lack faith in a system that has been subject to so much interference and change over the last 30 years.

'This issue was highlighted in our recent research piece ‘Sense & Instability’ which revealed that policy instability has been a key factor behind the historic underperformance of the UK’s training system.

'As the report makes clear, while some progress has been made we still have a mountain to climb in terms of communicating the benefits of apprenticeships. The recommendations include incentivising longer, more secure, apprenticeships and offering students the chance to experience vocational education.

'If these were taken on board they would certainly go a long way to making the system work better for all involved. I hope that the report will be read by those in the policymaking community whose decisions will shape the future of vocational education.'

Read the Demos report >

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