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Three million apprenticeships: building ladders of opportunity

Sets out the benefits of apprenticeships, including that they are an important means of gaining vocational and technical skills and an opportunity for improving social mobility and life chances. Argues that inequalities are reinforced by the under-representation in apprenticeships of some groups, such as young people eligible for free school meals and those from black, Asian, and minority ethnic backgrounds, and that apprenticeships should be better promoted in schools and careers services and targeted at those likely to miss out. Suggests that the new Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education should publish regular data on the long-term earnings and employment outcomes of apprenticeships as a key measure of quality, and that apprenticeships should be more focused on improving skills and changes in roles and careers. Concludes that the government should guarantee a minimum amount of apprenticeship funding so training does not fall if pay or employment falls, and that it should develop non-apprenticeship options, such as tax incentives, new workforce training routes, or widening the focus of the Apprenticeship Levy.


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