The Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy has launched an inquiry on apprenticeships.
This inquiry is set to look at issues such as the Government’s target of three million apprentices by 2020, how the Government proposes to achieve this, and how this may affect the ‘skills gap’ in the UK.
It will also look at the apprenticeship levy, the proposed Institute for Apprenticeships, and routes to achieving higher level apprenticeship qualifications.
Neil Carmichael MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee, said: “Our education policy needs to change truly to recognise the value of technical and professional education to young people, to society and to the nation’s economy.Young people need to be equipped with the skills to succeed and apprenticeships have a vital role in achieving this objective.
“In this inquiry we will examine a variety of issues relating to apprenticeships, not least how do we boost the take-up of apprenticeships amongst 16–19 year olds and what is being done to ensure young people are aware of the opportunities available? Good quality apprenticeships offer a route to boosting our international competitiveness and there are sure to be lessons to learn from other countries’ approaches to apprenticeships and technical qualifications.”
The Sub-Committee welcomes submissions addressing some or all of the following points:
- The target of three million apprentices by 2020, how the Government proposes to achieve this and how this may affect the ‘skills gap’
- The proposal for an apprenticeships levy and how this may be implemented
- The institutional architecture of current provision and how this may be affected by the proposed Institute for Apprenticeships
- Take-up of apprenticeships amongst 16–19 year olds and steps that can be taken to make more young people aware of available opportunities
- The process of applying for apprenticeships
- Routes for progression to higher qualifications for current apprentices
- The quality of, and minimum standards for, apprenticeships, and how standards can be enforced
- Lessons from other countries’ approaches to apprenticeships
The deadline for written evidence is midday on Friday 18 March 2016.