High-quality apprenticeships have a role to play in recovery

The TUC has called for an “education and training guarantee” to support young people to employment in their response to All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Apprenticeships call for evidence.

Employer and state funding going forward should give priority to empowering many more young people to achieve a minimum of an Advanced Apprenticeship and to support them to progress to higher skill levels. The entitlement to attain a level 3 skill level should be as accessible through the apprenticeship system as it is for young people taking up college courses.

The APPG’s ask for the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) and Ofsted to “undertake stronger enforcement of the rules and regulations surrounding apprenticeships to prevent exploitation, unfair pay, and poor-quality training” address many of the TUC’s concerns on apprenticeship quality.

The APPG has recently launched its 2019-2020 report with policy recommendations to increase uptake and improve delivery of apprenticeships. The call for evidence covered Covid-19 pandemic impact on apprentices and acknowledges apprenticeships importance in economic recovery.

The APPG Group has developed a number of policy recommendations. These include a proposal to provide apprentices with free travel by 2021. This echoes the findings in TUC’s Get a Move On! report which highlighted that for many apprentices going to work to do their apprenticeship costs more than what they earn.

The TUC welcomes the recommendation to the government to “set up an apprenticeship working group with employers, training providers, professional bodies and associations as well as unions to develop innovative ways to retain apprentices and ensure the continuing talent pipeline.”