Read our response to the Commons Select Committee call for evidence on Apprenticeships and Traineeships for 16-19 year-olds.
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The committee invited written submissions, by 30 September 2014, addressing the following points:
- The effectiveness of apprenticeships and traineeships for 16-19 year olds, including in terms of meeting employer needs in various sectors, and providing young people with a solid foundation for employment in general or in particular occupations or for further study.
- The range of apprenticeships and traineeships available to young people.
- Current levels of employer engagement in apprenticeships (including in providing places or defining standards and setting assessment), and what further steps the government could take to improve this.
- The impact of recent changes to the funding of apprenticeships and traineeships.
- Whether the government’s investment in apprenticeships represents value for money in terms of the future wage returns for young people and their employability.
- How the government could encourage businesses of all sizes and in all sectors to offer apprenticeships, including improved fiscal, regulatory and other measures.
- What factors prevent more young people considering apprenticeships and how these could be overcome.
- Whether young people are adequately prepared for apprenticeships and how that preparation should be improved.
- How the government could encourage more young people to consider apprenticeships and traineeships.
The outcome of this inquiry was published by the Education Select Committee on 4 March 2015.