Employment and Skills

Government launches review into apprenticeships

Government launches review into apprenticeships

The Department of Business Innovation and Skills has announced that the Government will launch an independent review into the provision of apprenticeships in England. 

The review is to be undertaken by former Dragon’s Den Investor and the founder of the School for Startups, Doug Richard. The review is due to be completed in Autumn 2012 and will focus on how the provision of apprenticeship programmes can be improved in England.

Following several weeks of criticisms were the Committee of Public Accounts said that apprenticeships under six months long were of “no real benefit”.  

Business Secretary Vince Cable said that “vocational youngsters have been let down by weak courses” which has left the UK lacking behind its competitors.

Dr Cable further outlined the importance of apprenticeships in improving the skills of the UK workforce and ultimately the recovery of the UK economy.

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