Onward Logo Colour White 2021

Letter: Focus on apprenticeships, not on low-value degrees

Director Will Tanner authored a letter for The Financial Times, setting out how apprenticeships serve as a great alternative to low-value degrees. He writes: 

“There are many reasons to expand UK universities but subsidising young people to make themselves poorer is not one of them. It should be unconscionable to university leaders that nearly a fifth of graduates earn less than if they had not gone at all and nearly half of recent graduates are in non-graduate roles […..] The government spends more underwriting the student loan costs of creative arts, business and social studies graduates each year than it budgets for apprenticeships. It is inescapable that we need more good apprenticeships and fewer low-value degrees.”

Read the full letter here.

REPORT
Course Correction: Why we need to reform apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are failing working class school leavers, and will undermine efforts to level up without significant reform.

The Telegraph

Raise council tax to fix policing, says think tank

The Telegraph discusses Onward's Back to Basics report that urged the Government to scrap the current £13 cap on council tax increases to allow local authorities to support further policing.

The Yorkshire Post

Raise taxes by 45p a week to fund thousands of community police, think tank urges

The Yorkshire Post covered Onward's Back to Basics plan to rebuild local policing across England and Wales.

Daily Mail

Home Secretary welcomes the idea of an extra 19,000 bobbies on the beat to restore neighbourhood policing

Onward's report 'Back to Basics' is highlighted in a Daily Mail article on restoring neighbourhood policing.

City AM

Onward's Deputy Director Adam Hawksbee discusses parental responsibility in CityAM.

City AM

Senior Researcher Jenevieve Treadwell discusses why immigration will be a problem for both the Conservatives and Labour in the upcoming election in City AM.