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BCC: Quality Not Quantity is Key to Apprenticeship Success

Responding to Ofsted’s stark report on the state of apprenticeships in the UK, Dr Adam Marshall, Executive Director of Policy and External Affairs at the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

“Businesses have been concerned about the direction of apprenticeships ever since politicians decided to prioritise big numerical targets over long-term results.

“Sir Michael Wilshaw is right to challenge the status quo. A conveyor-belt model, focused solely on hitting the government’s target of 3m new apprenticeships, would be detrimental to quality – and weaken hard-won efforts to boost the reputation and profile of apprenticeships amongst employers.

“Businesses know that good apprenticeships can help bridge the gap between education and work. The overriding priority has to be delivering high standards, with training providers accountable for the long-term results they deliver. Otherwise, far too many apprenticeship schemes may fail to equip much-needed employees with the skills they need to succeed.”

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