Apprenticeships require leadership: Julie Lloyd reports from Apps4England

Julie Lloyd writes: With numbers entering apprenticeships down and national apprenticeship week 5-9 March fast approaching, it seems timely to consider Anne Milton’s questions posed at the Apps4England conference 25 January. How to position the apprenticeship sector for 10-20 years from now?  And how do I respond to her rallying call: “we need to change the perceptions… Read More

How can we help young people navigate the labour market? NCFE’s contribution

Anthony Haynes writes: At the recent Voice of Apprenticeship conference I was very pleased to meet staff from NCFE and to learn more about the awards they offer. As a result of that conversation, we invited NCFE to contribute a guest post to our blog. I’m delighted now to present this post from NCFE Chief Executive, David… Read More

Reflection on Apprenticeship Week

Anthony Haynes writes: In the UK, 11-15 March was National Apprenticeship Week (NAW). As part of the week I attended — along with FJWilson’s CEO, Fiona Wilson — the Voice of Apprenticeships conference in London. With a packed programme of presentations and a good number of exhibitors and delegates, one could hardly fail to learn from the… Read More

The story research tells about youth employment

Anthony Haynes writes: In International lessons (January, 2013) The Work Foundation has investigated the story behind youth unemployment in the UK and internationally. Drawing on case studies from Australia, Denmark, Germany, and Holland, the Work Foundation concludes that: a strong dual apprenticeship system can facilitate transitions between school and work; intervening early with Active Labour… Read More