The Education Committee launches review into apprenticeships and traineeships

The Education Committee has launched an inquiry into apprenticeships and traineeships for 16-to 19 year-olds.

The Committee is inviting written submissions by 30th September, looking at the following:

  • The types of apprenticeships and traineeships available to young people
  • The effectiveness of apprenticeships and traineeships for 16- to 19 year-olds, including in terms of meeting employer needs in various sectors, and providing young people with a solid foundation for employment
  • Current levels of employer engagement in apprenticeships what can be done to improve this
  • The impact of recent changes to the funding of apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Whether the government’s investment in apprenticeships represents value for money in terms of the future wage returns for young people and their employability
  • How the government could encourage businesses of all sizes and in all sectors to offer apprenticeships
  • What factors stop young people doing apprenticeships and how these could be overcome
  • Whether young people are prepared for apprenticeships and how that can be improved
  • How the government can encourage more young people to consider apprenticeships and traineeships.

Stewart Segal, chief executive of The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP), said: “The terms of reference for the inquiry suggest that the committee has identified some key issues for addressing by policymakers as we approach the general election. The Prime Minister has said that he wants school leavers during the next Parliament to have the choice of going to university or starting an apprenticeship and, therefore, it’s important that we engage more employers to offer more high quality apprenticeship opportunities for young people. 

“We hope that the committee reviews the evidence from employers to ensure that the apprenticeship reforms are based on what businesses are saying. AELP also looks forward to sharing with the MPs our views on how the traineeship programme can be made more flexible so that more places with credible work experience opportunities are on offer.”