The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

Mixed Results for UK Apprenticeships

19 June 2015 | Updated 01 January 1970

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills has stated that the term ‘apprenticeship’ will be protected in law.

With over 2.2 million apprenticeships created since 2010 the government believes it is necessary to ‘enshrine in law’ its commitment to create 3 million apprenticeships by 2020.

The legal protection of the term ‘apprenticeship’ will come through the Enterprise Bill which will give government the power to take action when the term is misused to promote low quality courses.

In spite of forthcoming public service cuts, the Cameron government believes that this can be achieved partly by setting targets to ensure that more young people can benefit. Schools, hospitals, prisons and police forces will, according to Skills Minister, Nick Boles, be creating opportunities for young people to improve their capabilities.

“If university graduates have their moment in the sun, so should people who undertake apprenticeships,” he declared. “Businesses know their value, so it’s high time they were recognised both by the public and in law as being equal to degrees.”

Mr Boles believed that it was time to “practice what we preach in government, so we’re going require all public sector bodies – schools, hospitals, prisons and police forces – to employ apprentices”.

However, the government has been blamed for a failure of apprenticeships helping young people under the age of 25. Last month, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and the Local Government Association both stated that apprenticeships were failing to tackle youth unemployment and there was a disproportionate increase in those in the older age bracket.

The figures, that appear not to have been challenged by the government, are telling. They show that for the year 2013-14, under-19s applied for 57% of advertised apprenticeships but were successful in just 27% of them. When it came to over-25s, they accounted for 7% of applications but got 37% of the vacancies. In total, 42% of all apprenticeships created in the last five years went to people aged over 25.

“There is a big gap between the function apprenticeships should have in our economy and how they're being used in practice,” explained Luke Raikes, Research Fellow at IPPR. “The majority of apprenticeships are being used to train older people and those who are already employed at their company, instead of taking on young people out of work.”

Picture: The term ‘apprenticeships’ is to be given legal protection but worries have been expressed that the youngest are not seeing the benefits of schemes.


Article written by Mike Gannon | Published 19 June 2015


Related Articles

Coffee Making Apprenticeships Tar the Brand

Ofsted is due to publish a report on Wednesday (October 21) about apprenticeships in the UK and has found some aspects wanting in terms of quality. The head of Ofsted,...

 Read Full Article
Engineering - Game Afoot To Bridge Skills Gap

The Government's Industrial strategy is only viable if it tackles the skills gap, say employers while a new report reveals there is a lack of diversity in the...

 Read Full Article
London Living Wage, Diversity and Training at Heart of TfL Plan

Transport for London has awarded a new cleaning contract to ABM UK meaning 2,800 people will be guaranteed the London Living Wage. ABM has also committed to offer...

 Read Full Article
April Fools - Apprenticeship Levy Plan Mauled by MPs

An all-party committee has found that the Government's Apprenticeship Levy, to be introduced in the first week of April and targeting three million 'starts'...

 Read Full Article
National Apprenticeship Week Closes

March 6-10 was the tenth annual National Apprenticeship Week. The week aims to highlight the success of apprenticeships over the last decade and look to the positive...

 Read Full Article
The Slippery Slope of Data Protection

The networking event that is FMCentral will take to the slopes at The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead, for the March 22 event. Speakers will raise awareness of the...

 Read Full Article
Apprenticeship Levy Scheme - Just Another Word for Training?

The target of 3 million apprenticeships and a new funding system risk becoming poor value for money says a new report from the Institute of Fiscal Studies. In April...

 Read Full Article
The End of the Web and Robotic Workers - Predictions 2017

The giant trends, social movements and technological breakthroughs which are set shape our lives in 2017 have been predicted by the research and innovation foundation...

 Read Full Article
Doing Nothing on Apprenticeships Gender Divide

Gender splits in London’s apprenticeships remain firmly entrenched, according to new analysis of government data from Labour London Assembly Economy Spokesperson,...

 Read Full Article
ICE on Apprenticeships Road

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has urged that the introduction of a civil engineering apprenticeship is necessary to ensure the delivery of key infrastructure...

 Read Full Article