ATL comment on Government’s apprenticeship policies

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Press release
31 March 2017 by ATL Media Office
Commenting on the Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy’s report on the Government’s apprenticeship levy and apprenticeship policies, Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said:

“We agree with the Government that apprenticeships are an important route to work and play a vital role in developing skills. However, as the Select Committee makes clear, the Government has prioritised reaching an arbitrary target of apprenticeship starts and placing employers in the driving seat. This blinkered approach is resulting in the needs of learners and the labour market being lost.

“We share the Select Committee’s conclusion that these reforms will not fill skills gaps, as the availability of apprenticeships varies significantly by sector and between areas of the UK. The Government has done nothing to address this and, as skills gaps are set to grow significantly post-Brexit, the Government needs to take action immediately.”

ATL calls on the Government to:

  • Fund the Institute for Apprenticeships adequately so that all apprenticeships are of a high quality and provide transferrable skills.
  • Fully involve the FE workforce and trade unions at every level of apprenticeship development, delivery and quality assurance as they have the relevant expertise to make these work.
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