Quality Apprenticeships for young people have doubled in number but need to be increased further, say MPs.

The blog of Learning Unlimited

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The proportion of young people taking up any kind of apprenticeship remains too low, despite significant recent improvement in the number of apprenticeships that last 12 months or more, warn MPs. Incentives for schools must be reviewed to ensure that young people get good quality careers advice about a range of options including apprenticeships.

Launching a report examining Apprenticeships and traineeships for 16 to 19 year-olds, Graham Stuart, Chair of the Education Committee, said today:

“The number of high quality apprenticeships for young people lasting at least 12 months has doubled during the current Parliament, but overall participation by 16 to 19 year-olds still remains too low.

“Only those apprenticeships which offer substantial training and have a positive impact on income for those who complete them should receive Government funding. Better data on outcomes and continued efforts to expand the number of participating employers can lead to more applicants and…

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