Fixing a broken system: How is the government improving apprenticeships?

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has recently released a document detailing how the government plans to increase UK productivity across the next decade. We investigate how the plan looks to create Britain’s future apprentices.

Fixing the foundations: creating a more prosperous nation was released on the 10th July. The document gives us an insight into what the apprenticeship system will look like within the next ten years.

Of course we already know about some of the major apprenticeship changes imposed by the Conservatives, but what else does the document say about apprenticeships?

As well as imposing a business tax to create 3m apprenticeships by 2020, the government is taking a number steps to reach its goal, including ‘‘abolishing employer NICs for almost all apprentices under the age of 25 from April 2016.’’

Osborne is also putting in place a number of employer-routed funding reforms, such as the digital apprenticeships voucher, which  ‘‘are putting control of funding directly into hands of employers.’’

To get to the heart of Britain’s skill shortage, the government is encouraging ‘‘local areas and employers to take a leading role in establishing a post-16 skills system that is responsive to local economic priorities.’’

The government is also intensifying its efforts to help more young people find work instead of relying on benefits. A new youth obligation for 18-21s on universal credit is set to be introduced.

The obligation includes an intensive regime of support from day one and ‘‘after six months, young people will be expected to apply for an apprenticeship, traineeship, gain work-based skills or go on a mandatory work placement to give them the skills and experience they need to get into sustainable employment.’’