Category: Apprenticeships

Has Labour lost the plot — or, just a speech?

As Parliament went into recess, the Policy Consortium’s Ian Nash cheekily rummaged through the wastepaper bins of the Commons Library and other places to find the ‘lost’ speech that Opposition Leader Ed Miliband should have delivered at last week’s Sutton

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Ambitious apprenticeship plans are yet to convince employers

Ian Nash of the Policy Consortium reports from the recent AELP Annual Conference, and particularly on the current state of play regarding apprenticeship funding. Radical plans from the Coalition Government to give employers full control over the funding and design

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Apprenticeship funding: too generous, but off-putting to small firms

In an article originally published (in a slightly different and shorter form) by ‘FE Week’ on 6 June 2014, Policy Consortium member Mick Fletcher considers the introduction of a mandatory 33% contribution by employers to the funding of Apprenticeships. The new BIS guidance

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Smoke, mirrors and Apprenticeship policy

Mick Fletcher and Seb Schmoller explore the mysteries of government policy on apprenticeships  Some aspects of government policy on apprenticeships are baffling. The confusion may however be explained by two big problems that confront politicians dealing with education and training.

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Has the government secretly given up on 16–19 apprenticeships?

Mick Fletcher of the Policy Consortium reads between the lines. It is always important when reading government papers to look for the sub text as well as at the surface but in the case of the recently concluded consultation on

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Economic logic and luck money: flaws in the Apprenticeship Funding Consultation proposals

The Apprenticeship Funding Consultation, launched by the government at the end of July, is full of good intentions. It aims to increase the number and quality of apprenticeships and at the same time get better value for money from public

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