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Apprenticeships are failing working class school leavers

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Director Will Tanner wrote for Politics Home, discussing how the current apprenticeship system is failing to serve the group of learners that could benefit most from it. He writes:

“The lion’s share of this [the apprenticeship levy] investment was intended for the recruitment and training of entry-level apprentices. But instead, too many big businesses have been spending it topping up the qualifications of their existing employees with additional training. So, what should be a tool for social mobility is instead being used as a professional development tool for middle managers.

The result of this is clear to see: there are now more than twice as many people aged over 25 doing an apprenticeship as people aged 18 or less. Back in 2008 the opposite was true.”

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