The Learning and Work Institute have recently published a collection of essays on the reformed apprenticeship programme – All Change: Where next for apprenticeships?

This has contributions from leading experts setting out ways to improve the quality of apprenticeships and ensure fair access to training. Some essays highlight the stark inequalities in access to apprenticeships. For example, apprenticeship applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds are half as likely to succeed as applications from white backgrounds, and women made up only 600 of 17,500 engineering apprenticeships. Essays are included from Tom Richmond ( former government SpAd), Annie Peate ( FSB) and Julie Nugent ( WMCA) amongst others.

The report calls for urgent action to tackle these inequalities and boost quality. Ideas for change include devolution so cities and local areas have greater control; an Apprentice Premium to better support under-represented groups; and requiring all apprenticeship standards to meet the world’s best. The full report can be accessed here: Learning and work – Where next for apprenticeships

Sam Taylor

Head of The Assessors Guild