Call for more apprentices from disadvantaged backgrounds

Parliament’s Education Committee has called for a redoubling of efforts to recruit apprentices from disadvantaged backgrounds to help them climb the “ladder of opportunity”.

The recommendation comes in a report, published by the Committee this morning, which concludes too many apprentices were not getting the high-quality training they deserve.

Other recommendations include:

  • A call for clearer oversight of apprenticeship training and assessment, and a tougher approach to poor quality training
  • An expanded role for Ofsted inspections and a cap on the amount of training that new providers can offer until they have proved their offering is of sufficient quality
  • The creation of more bursaries, increases to the apprenticeship minimum wage, and increased incentives for small and medium-sized businesses and social enterprises to take on apprentices
  • Stronger enforcement and tougher sanctions for employers who fail to pay the apprentice minimum wage
  • The introduction of a kitemark system for good apprentice employers to encourage best practice and help apprentices choose the best employer for them.

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