Apprenticeships

The Department for Education has published apprenticeship statistics covering the full 2019-20 academic year (August 2019 to July 2020). They show a 46% decline in apprenticeship starts - 58,160 compared to 107,750 in 2018-19. This is unsurprising given the Covid-19 pandemic and there was a steep drop in starts from March 2020. There are encouraging signs that start numbers are picking up again now.

Publisher: 
Parliament
Topics: 
Apprenticeships
Year of Publication: 
2020
Type: 
Report

This is the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships’ annual report for 2019-20. The Group has developed a series of policy recommendations they believe would increase uptake and improve the delivery of apprenticeships, while also helping to support the UK economy as it recovers.

The APPG on Apprenticeships believes the Government should take a number of steps in both the short term and long-term to support and accelerate the growth of quality apprenticeships in the UK: 

The Chancellor has announced a number of measures to help boost the economy. These include employer incentives to take support traineeships and apprenticeships. Employers will receive £2,000 for taking on an apprentice and £1,000 for taking on a person on a traineeship. BASE has written to the Department for Education to ask whether similar incentives will apply to Supported Internships.

 

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 Open University's new report,  'Access to Apprenticeships', has found that, while two thirds of employers consider hiring candidates with disabilities for entry-level roles is an important priority for them, many feel 'unequipped' to do so - with financial barriers and lack of training meaning they aren't able to offer the correct provisions for disabled workers.

Publisher: 
Commissions & Regulatory Organisations
Topics: 
Education & training, Apprenticeships
Year of Publication: 
2019
Type: 
Framework

Ofqual has reformed the framework of Functional Skills qualifications (FSQs) in English and maths that are offered by a number of different awarding organisations.

At levels 1 and 2 these qualifications are used in apprenticeships and they will also be used in the new T Levels. All levels are taken by a range of adult learners and some 16 to 18-year-olds.

Publisher: 
Charities
Topics: 
Apprenticeships, Transition
Year of Publication: 
2019
Type: 
Report

Access All Areas makes a series of recommendations about how to make apprenticeships more accessible to people with a learning disability.

Ofsted has updated its guidance on the new education inspection framework that comes into force from September 2019. Ofsted will refocus inspections of schools, early years settings and further education and skills providers, to make sure that learners are receiving a high-quality education that puts them on a path to future success.

Ofsted inspectors will spend less time looking at exam results and test data, and more time considering how a school, college or other education provider has achieved their results.

The National Apprenticeship Awards is now open for entries until 28th May. Applications must be made through the awards website www.appawards.co.uk.

There are nine categories to recognise exceptional employers, apprentices and apprenticeship champions.  

The Employer of the Year categories are open to employers from all sectors and celebrates employers who can showcase their commitment, contribution and the success that apprenticeships have brought to their organisation. 

Mencap is currently in the process of finalising a report based on a series of workshops on apprenticeships that was held earlier this year and is seeking case studies to illustrate the report and highlight the difficulties people face.

They are looking for case studies about people who fit all of the criteria below:

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