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Call for apprentice scheme revamp as training places fall

Jul 13, 2018 by

Number of people starting an apprenticeship fell by 34% in first three terms of 2017-18

The government has come under pressure to revamp its apprenticeship scheme after figures showed the number of training places slumped by a third over the last nine months.

In the first three terms of the 2017-18 academic year, the number of people starting an apprenticeship fell to 290,500, a 34% reduction on the 440,300 during the same nine-month period in the previous year. It is also nearly 25% down on the 384,500 apprenticeships started in the equivalent period in 2015-16.

The figures are a blow to the education secretary, Damian Hinds, who in his short time in office has emphasised the need for students to acquire workplace skills.

Opposition MPs and business bodies said much of the blame for the collapse in apprenticeships could be put on a £3bn apprenticeship levy brought in last April, which they said was overly bureaucratic and failed to accommodate the needs of businesses.

 

Source: Call for apprentice scheme revamp as training places fall | Business | The Guardian

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