Apprenticeships seem a convenient response to skills shortages in a number of UK industries. But as we celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, award-winning apprentice Magdalena Dyga says policy-makers and employers need to do more to show the value of this career route if they really want it to gain traction.
Employers that pay the apprenticeship levy will be able to use their training fund to pay for the development of executive skills, after the funding band for the senior leader Master's degree apprenticeship was given the green light.
The Government must take action to ensure that poorly performing contractors do not become essential to the delivery of public services such as training, a report into the failings of apprenticeships provider Learndirect has recommended.
A shortage of flexible and part-time apprenticeship programmes mean that people who are unable to work full time are missing out on training opportunities, according to a report.
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Employers that pay the apprenticeship levy will be able to transfer their apprenticeship funds to other businesses from April 2018.
Financial support for apprentices in Wales should be strengthened to encourage more people to take up vocational training.
Almost half (49%) of managers have said they would not use their training fund available through apprenticeship levy, with many claiming there were no apprenticeships available in their industry.
The number of apprenticeships started in the first quarter of the academic year fell by 26.5%, following the introduction of the apprenticeship levy last April.
The education regulator has admitted struggling to deal with the number of companies offering training following the introduction of the apprenticeship levy last year.
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