Call for evidence on apprenticeships and Covid-19

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships has launched a call for evidence as part of its 2019/20 report.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a serious impact on the UK’s economy and the APPG is looking to explore how the sector has responded and what further work is required to improve apprenticeships policy for the future.   The APPG’s call for evidence will look at what steps need to be taken to ensure that apprenticeships play a prominent role in the UK’s long-term economic recovery.

The Chair of the APPG on Apprenticeships , Karin Smyth MP said:

“I’m pleased to announce that the APPG on Apprenticeships is launching a call for evidence on the impact of COVID-19 on the apprenticeships and skills sector to feed into the group’s annual report.

We’re keen to hear from leading business, training providers, representative organisations, charities and others working within in the apprenticeships space to hear how you have coped with the challenges of COVID-19, we’re also interested to hear your recommendations for policy makers on how apprenticeships can play a key role in the long term economic recovery of the UK.”

The APPG is inviting written submissions to inform this inquiry. Submissions should be a maximum of two pages and be emailed to ApprenticeshipsAPPG@connectpa.co.uk with the subject ‘APPG on Apprenticeships: evidence submission’.

Please respond to the following questions:

  • What are the opportunities and challenges you have faced in response to COVID-19?
  • How has your organisation responded and adapted to supporting apprenticeships ?
  • What recommendations would you have for policy makers to support apprenticeships policy going forward?
  • How can we ensure that apprenticeships play an important role in economic recovery beyond the COVID-19 crisis?

The APPG would also welcome any case studies, statistics and any practical examples of research or studies undertaken on how apprenticeships will benefits jobs, skills and the economy post COVID.

The deadline for written submissions is Tuesday 7th July at 17:00.