Experts predict future of apprenticeships

There’s a lot going on in the apprenticeship space at the moment, with funding reforms and the introduction of trailblazers. In a recent article for the Guardian, experts share their views on what they think the future has in store for apprenticeships.

Marc Ozall, funding researcher at the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education said that lessons need to be learnt from the first lot of trailblazer apprenticeships, otherwise small businesses will be deterred from hiring apprentices.

Chris Jones, chief executive of the City & Guilds Group believes that the expansiveness of the English apprenticeship system could be in jeopardy because we are so focused on definition.

Grading apprenticeships could become a complex and costly problem, according to Stewart Segal, chief executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers.

Peter Stone, from Apprenticeships Life, thinks that the funding reforms will fail. Apprenticeship expert Paul Butler agrees that the system will face problems if presentation of the scheme is not clear and simple.

Andrew Carmichael, chief executive of Creative Process, thinks that apprenticeships will be valued more than degrees.

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