• Ofsted can’t keep up with the growth in apprentices, MPs hear

    Fears that Ofsted can’t keep up with the UK’s massive apprenticeships expansion have been raised before MPs, a day after the chief inspector spoke about her struggles to secure more funding. The House of Commons education select committee held an oral evidence session this morning, part of its inquiry into the quality and monitoring of

    14.30 Jan. 16th, 2018 | News

  • IPPR: The apprenticeship levy needs a 'radical rethink'

    The apprenticeship levy needs a radical rethink to double investment in skills, according to a new report from a leading think-tank. The so-called “skills and productivity levy” proposed by the Institute for Public Policy Research would be paid by more employers, and spent on a wider range of training.   It’s one of a number of

    14.26 Jul. 31st, 2017 | News

  • IPPR's proposals are not in the public interest

    The latest report from the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) recommends abolishing level two apprenticeships for all 16- to 18-year-olds. It proposes forcing all those in this age group who are not taking an academic route to university, to undertake a two-year pre-apprenticeship programme at their local FE college or not-for-profit training provider. Even

    5.00 Nov. 21st, 2016 | Opinion

  • Influential think tank calls for college-only route to replace the level 2 apprenticeship

    Left-wing think tank IPPR wants the government to phase out level two apprenticeships for 16-18 year olds, and replace them with a programme only offered by colleges. Entitled ‘Earning & Learning – Making the Apprenticeship System work for 16-18 year olds’, its new report warned youth unemployment is being fuelled by “too many” 16–18 year

    0.01 Nov. 10th, 2016 | News