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Apprenticeship in England, United Kingdom

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Published on April 11, 2018

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One of a series of studies on vocational education and training, this review focuses on the apprenticeship system in England and concludes with policy recommendations.

England has launched a series of reforms that champion the institution of apprenticeship, and address some previous weaknesses. The reforms encourage more substantive apprenticeship programmes and a stronger funding framework. Despite these strengths, there is still some way to go to establish an apprenticeship system in England to match those of the strongest countries.

This report suggests several ways in which reforms might be adapted to achieve higher quality and better outcomes. An effective apprenticeship system involves various elements such as the development of the apprentice in the workplace by the employer and the broader education of young apprentices. The report argues that England should consider introducing regulations and standards to ensure that these elements are part of all apprenticeship programmes, and that the recently introduced apprenticeship levy supports high-quality training. In comparison to other countries, England has relatively few young apprentices. The report suggests England could facilitate transition from school to work by making better use of apprenticeships targeting school leavers.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword
Executive summary
Assessment and recommendations
Promoting and strengthening youth apprenticeships in England
Developing work-based learning in England
Funding of apprenticeship and the levy in England
Quality in apprenticeship qualifications and assessment in England
Equity and inclusion in apprenticeship in England
Different sectors of apprenticeship in England
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