Hancock Encourages Bosses to “Step up to the Mark”


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Skills minister Matthew Hancock has spoken out about the value of apprenticeships, praising the Evening Standard’s Ladder for London campaign which aims to target youth unemployment in the city. Businesses supporting the scheme include Metro Bank, RBS and Goldman Sachs. Hancock commended the employers already actively involved and urged other businesses to do the same, claiming that “Most businesses who take on apprentices find them hugely valuable. It often leads to a full-time job.”

The Ladder for London scheme is attuned with Doug Richard’s recent review, which outlines the need for clearer apprenticeship guidelines and high quality programmes. The review suggests that apprenticeships and university degrees should be viewed as equal: “I want to hear about an 18-year-old who looked at their options and turned down a place at Oxbridge to take up an apprenticeship if that is the right path for them.”