Lack of high-quality apprenticeships ‘fueling numeracy and literacy problems’, says CBI
A lack of “high-quality” apprenticeships is exacerbating literacy and numeracy problems in UK and creating an unskilled workforce, a new report by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) says.
A new apprenticeship levy for larger companies is set to be introduced to reach an official target of three million by 2020.
However, the CBI has raised concerns that the new funding will not deliver the skills British businesses actually need.
It points to evidence that shows that of apprenticeships starts in 2013/14, a mere 2 per cent were higher apprenticeships, which lead to qualifications at a level equivalent to higher education.
Katja Hall, CBI Deputy Director-General, said: “The new levy announced in the budget may guarantee funding for more apprenticeships, but it’s unlikely to equate to higher quality or deliver the skills that industry needs.
“Levies on training already exist in the construction sector where two-thirds of employers are already reporting skills shortages.”
Rod Bristow, president of Pearson’s UK business, which helped compiled the report, said: “The government is right to be ambitious about apprenticeships. We need more higher-level apprenticeships in high growth sectors like biotech, engineering, and technology, as well as traditional ones.
“But our further education sector … sits on the edge of a funding precipice and may suffer damage for years to come.

The new report, which surveyed over 300 companies employed more than one million people, also shows five in ten firms have workers who struggle with basic literacy and numeracy skills.
It said companies are being forced to train adults, school-leavers and graduates in the basics because they have fallen behind due to “widespread weaknesses”.
Companies reported difficulties in hiring people with the relevant skills in science, technology, engineering and maths, with half of firms experiencing -or expecting within three years- a shortfall of experienced staff.
The survey included responses from firms that ranged in size from companies with fewer than 50 employees to firms with more than 5,000.

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Some have called me a leader, and a entrepreneur, they say I have integrity, presence and skills to ensure continuous improvement and success in whatever challenges I face. They also tell me that I am positive, resilient and motivating. I say, I'm just a normaI guy from Gateshead in the North of England, who started as an apprentice engineer. I have been in the right place at the right time and in the wrong place at the wrong time! I have successfully initiated and led complex organizations and situations to completion and success, and I have been in some jobs where success seemed untouchable. Mainly though, I have tried to learn everyday, help people to progress and learn the skills they need to be successful. I have had the privilege of working with some great people locally across the UK and more recently internationally in Asia, Europe and now USA, where I am lucky enough to work for where I am head of 3aaa USA. This website is just me having an outlet to talk about all those thoughts, ideas and things I learn that pass through my head every day when I face the challenge of doing business. I will also rant on about how great apprenticeships are, and how you can help change peoples lives through them. After all thats how I got to do the great things that I have done, and also I am still an apprentice everyday! All I ask is that if you find it interesting then leave a comment and share what you read. THANK YOU.

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