The upside to the downside in falling apprenticeship starts

 

In late October 2017, we wrote an article that the latest figures released by the Department for Education showed a decline of 61% of people starting apprenticeships since the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy.

Our feeling was that whilst the figures were quite bleak, it was a little early to draw any radical conclusions.

And in our wider quest to keep informed about apprenticeships, we came across an article in Travel Weekly that threw another perspective into the mix. Tui’s UK and Ireland early talent and apprenticeships manager, Andy Smyth, is somebody who’s positively NOT calling for reform.

“There was always going to be a complete and utter stop in enrolment. I for one am pleased because a lot of reasons for the drop are good reasons.

“If it had not have happened I would have been quite worried right now because it would have meant people were being reckless. What this shows is employers are actually taking their time.”

 “This is about the right programme for the right purpose. The main objective is to think about where your businesses’ skills needs are,” he said.

It’s a fair point. And refreshing to hear a different point of view to the naysayers. We’ll be certain to keep tabs on the apprenticeship landscape – from every angle – as it evolves.

 

Thursday, 23 November 2017

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