'Government apprenticeship ambitions not enough to tackle skills gap. Lib Dem peer, Baroness Sharp warns ahead of her House of Lords debate, that the "twin challenges of poor productivity and needing to upskill' an ageing population will not be addressed through increased apprenticeships alone.
The Government’s present answer is apprenticeships, both for young people and for older employees, based on Lib Dem initiatives within the Coalition. We fully support the emphasis on higher level and graduate apprenticeships, however, apprenticeships are not enough on their own. Confronted by the twin challenges of poor productivity and needing to upskill and retrain an ageing population we need a wider, more comprehensive skills strategy.’