The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships has made eight recommendations, via its annual report, to help improve the uptake of apprenticeships in the UK. There are eight key proposals that the TES have highlighted as the most important.
- The government need to ensure that apprenticeships are flexible to better suit small and medium sized enterprises so they can get better access to resources. This also includes the apprenticeship levy.
- The government need to look into ensuring education providers such as schools and colleges provide more flexible programmes for its students
- All young people should be able to have access to careers advice to help them see all their available options
- Schools should be given incentives to promote apprenticeships to their students
- The government need to work with employers and small businesses to promote apprenticeships
- Employers need to ensure that after an apprenticeship, there is a clear path for progression so it is more attractive
- More needs to be addressed for the underrepresented groups of apprenticeships
- The national government should work with local governments to ensure that the apprenticeship system is responsive throughout the UK
If these eight recommendations are implemented in the future, students may be more attracted to alternative options. If apprenticeships were promoted in schools and realised that they have a future career path, this could possibly increase the uptake!
If you would like to learn more about the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships, click here.