Apprenticeships ‘failing to deliver’ for young people.

The government's apprenticeships drive is failing to deliver for young people in England - with enrolments flatlining among under-25s, a commission says.

The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission says apprenticeship starts for under-25s rose by 4% from 2010-14, compared with 17% for over-25s.

And most training courses taken were not a step up from the apprentice's previous level of study, it added.

No 10 said it was committed to getting more young people into apprenticeships.

The commission welcomed the government's efforts to improve the number and quality of apprenticeships and said that for too long the vocational route to qualifications had been seen as an option for "other people's children". - BBC News

The commission also found that most apprentices were not taking a “step up” with their apprentice. Most A-level apprentices are doing GCSE level apprenticeships and 97 per cent of university-age apprentices are doing apprenticeships at A-level equivalent or lower.

Mr Milburn, a former cabinet minister, said: “The Government is committed to giving all young people a chance to make something of their lives, but the current drive to increase the number of apprenticeships isn’t delivering for people under the age of 24.

“The number of young apprentices has flat-lined since 2010 and many of these apprenticeships don’t offer young people a foundation they can build on. The Government needs to increase the quality of apprenticeships on offer to young people and make sure that every apprenticeship offers a genuine route to success.”

The commission called for an increase in the number of young people doing higher apprenticeships to 30,000 by 2020 – compared to just 4,200 19 to 24-year-olds today.

It also calls for a UCAS-style body to give young people better information about which apprenticeships are available and what career prospects they could lead to.

A Government spokesperson said: “Apprenticeships give school leavers the opportunity to gain the skills they need to get on. We are committed to increasing the number of young people starting apprenticeships and to driving up quality. Our reforms mean apprenticeships are more rigorously tested, last longer and are more responsive to the needs of employers.  

“We have allocated an additional £25 million for 16-to-18 apprenticeship recruitment this year in support of this government’s commitment to deliver 3 million apprenticeships by 2020.” - The Independent

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