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Making apprenticeships work for all

The Collab Group of Colleges is pleased to have published its latest publication on the apprenticeship levy. In this publication, we argue for the need of the right building blocks to make a great apprenticeship system.

The paper focuses on three core areas: individuals, employers and providers. Respectively, each section discusses the cultural issues surrounding apprenticeships’ stigmatisation, the barriers of the levy system for employers and, the need for a regulatory framework that ensures good provision. Each matter is backed up by suggestions on how the apprenticeship system can be made a success. The aim of this paper is to show that working in partnership, can truly make apprenticeships great again.

Ian Pretty, CEO of Collab Group, said: “An apprenticeship system that is up to a high-quality standard is crucial on all levels. Whether it is to attract young people to become apprentices or to increase the supply by employers, we need a system that is as efficient, appealing and dynamic as possible. The apprenticeship levy is a good start, but as the paper highlights, there are too many flaws in its approach and management. On top of that, the regulatory framework for providers also needs improvement, in order to embed quality in the delivery of apprenticeships. We hope that this paper helps to get apprenticeships to the highest standards, as they play a crucial role in delivering a credible and respected system of technical education. Collab Group colleges are pressing to see this transformation and are working very hard to achieve a better future for apprenticeships.”

Click here to read the paper

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