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How do we bring apprenticeships to the areas that need them most?

Apprenticeships are a vital tool in our skills system. They offer learners the opportunity to take on new qualifications while earning a wage and employers a means of bringing staff through the pipeline with taxpayer support,  whilst also building up the technical skills the UK economy needs.

But these benefits are not always properly communicated and, partly as a result, apprenticeship starts have fallen by 200,000 since 2011. This poses real challenges for the future of the workforce, as a natural route to technical and digital skills is not being taken up. Moreover, the fall in uptake has been most acute across the North and the Midlands. In order for the Government to achieve its levelling up goals, it will have to address this shortfall.

Often this is a result of a lack of awareness. Learners and employers are unfamiliar with how apprenticeships work and the benefits they offer. On other occasions employers are aware of apprenticeships but do not feel it is worth the time or resources that it takes to hire an apprentice. Many Levy-payers treat it as a tax.

This panel event will discuss how best to ensure that apprenticeships are available in the areas that need them most. It will explore new technologies and the role that digital apprentices can play in the Government’s Levelling Up agenda. It will consider how policymakers can encourage uptake and ask whether it is simply a matter of better information or if more substantial reform and incentive is needed.

Speakers

Details

October 4, 2022
15:00-
16:00

Location

Library of Birmingham, Room 101

This event is kindly supported by Multiverse

Speakers

  • Andrea Jenkyns MP, Minister for Skills, Further and Higher Education
  • Francesca Fraser, Senior Researcher, Onward
  • Richard Holden MP, Member of Parliament for North West Durham
  • Doniya Soni-Clarke, Policy and Public Affairs Lead, Multiverse
  • Michaela Neild, Government Affairs and Public Policy Manager
Oct 4
8:30-
9:30
What levelling up means for cities to drive economic growth?
Oct 4
9:30-
10:30
How do we create a secure path between renting and owning?
Oct 4
13:30-
14:30
How can devolution support the new Government’s Levelling Up ambitions?
Oct 4
11:00-
12:00
Repairing our social fabric through community ownership
Oct 4
11:00-
12:00
School food and the levelling up agenda
Oct 4
13:30-
14:30
How best to empower young people through the power of technology
Oct 4
9:45-
10:45
How can UK workers and companies benefit from digital trade?
Oct 4
12:30-
13:30
The role of retail banking in levelling up and tackling cost of living
Oct 4
12:15-
13:15
How can science clusters generate prosperity in the communities that need them most?