Apprenticeships: developing skills for future prosperity

Document type
Report
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (England)
Publisher
Ofsted
Date of publication
22 October 2015
Subject(s)
Education and Skills, Employment
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

Download (230KB )

Apprenticeships have, over time, provided employees with the training and hands-on experience required to succeed in highly regarded, skilled occupations. Traditionally, these have been in crafts such as masonry and carpentry and, more recently, in the engineering and technology industries. Since 2010, an increase in government funding has seen more than two million apprenticeships taken up. However, this surge in numbers has been mainly in sectors such as customer service, retail, administration and care. Unfortunately, these apprenticeships have not sufficiently matched the skills needed by our nation.

In recent years, inspectors have seen too much weak provision that undermines the value of apprenticeships, especially in the service sectors and for learners aged 25 and over. This survey report evaluates the quality of apprenticeships under the existing frameworks and the benefits they bring to apprentices, their employers and to the economy. It is not an evaluation of revised apprenticeships under the government’s reform programme. The findings make it clear that too many apprentices still do not receive sufficiently high-quality training.

Related to Ofsted

Apprenticeships: developing skills for future prosperity

Apprenticeships have, over time, provided employees with the training and hands-on experience required to succeed in highly regarded, skilled occupations. Traditionally, these have been in crafts such

Conducting inspections of residential family centres: guidance for the inspection of residential family centres

This guidance is designed to assist inspectors from the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) when conducting inspections of residential family centres in England.

Local area SEND consultation: the inspection of local areas effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of disabled children and young people and those who have special educational needs: consultation document

The purpose of this consultation is to gather views on how Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission can inspect and evaluate how effectively local areas meet their responsibilities towards disabled children

Initial teacher education inspection outcomes

This initial teacher education (ITE) release contains provisional data for:Outcomes from inspections completed in the 2014/15 academic year.Most recent inspection outcomes for all

More items related to this publisher