How Can A Bold Vision For Apprenticeships Kick-Start The Recovery And Rebalance Our Approach To Education Once And For All?

How Can A Bold Vision For Apprenticeships Kick-Start The Recovery And Rebalance Our Approach To Education Once And For All?

Monday, 05 October 2020, 16:00 - 17:00

Apprenticeships change lives. They combine a real job with training so that people can earn while they learn. They span a huge range of sectors – not just the important traditional heartlands of engineering and manufacturing, but finance, software design and the green economy, too.

They have extraordinary returns for all involved: apprentices go on to have excellent employment prospects, businesses benefit from new expertise, and every £1 invested in level 3 apprenticeships brings a £28 return to the wider economy. They’re about as close to a win-win as it gets. And yet we have not yet realised their enormous transformative potential.

Our ‘Trade Secrets’ report, published in 2020, found that:

  • The number of apprenticeships dropped by a quarter between 2014/15 and 2018/19.
  • Individuals aged under 19 from the most disadvantaged areas are five times less likely to do a degree-level apprenticeship than those from the most advantaged areas.
  • As of January 2020, non-levy payers lacked the resources to meet the training costs of around 85,000 apprenticeships.
  • CSJ/YouGov polling shows that 17 per cent of levy-paying employers in England used the apprenticeship levy to rebadge existing training in the year prior to being surveyed.

It is in this context that the CSJ will discuss how a bold vision for apprenticeships can kick-start the recovery and rebalance our approach to education.

Speakers

Chair: James Scales

James is the Head of the CSJ’s Education Unit

Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP

Robert Halfon is a Conservative MP for Harlow and is Chair of the Education Select Committee

Tim Smith

Tim is the Policy Director at WhiteHat and former No10 special adviser

Dr Sue Pember CBE

Sue is the Director of Policy and External Relations at HOLEX

Dan Swords

Dan is the former apprentice to Robert Halfon

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