21 February 2018
This ‘Spotlight On …’ report was a cross-party inquiry to analyse whether the new apprenticeship system is sustainable and workable to ensure that young people from all backgrounds can engage with Apprenticeships in the new business-led skills system.

APM’s apprentices, Sian Morrall and George Sears, contributed to the report in a focus group held in Westminster. They were asked about the barriers they faced accessing apprenticeships and their thoughts on the support they have receive during their apprenticeship.

The report challenges whether the underlying aims of the reform are at risk of being lost in a muddled programme of implementation. Michelle Donelan MP, Inquiry co-chair, said “I think moving forward we will end up with a very strong and dynamic apprenticeship system that will develop over a number of years. However, I do think there is a risk that disadvantaged groups may be left behind. If we want to create an aspirational society, the system should be focused on everybody.”

Peter Mayhew-Smith, Inquiry co-chair, said, “We’re delighted to see such a bold and imaginative strategy for investment in technical skills for the future, but our enquiry has exposed grave concerns about the roll-out of the new Apprenticeship Levy and its ability to deliver inclusive participation and health levels of social mobility.”

Read the findings and recommendations of the report at www.policyconnect.org.uk/research/spotlight-apprenticeships-and-social-mobilit

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