Posted: 03/04/17 by Chartered Management Institute
In response to the House of Commons Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy publishing a highly critical report of the Apprenticeship Levy, Petra Wilton, Director of Strategy and External Affairs at the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) comments: “This new report on Apprenticeships is right to focus on the critical need to raise the quality and prestige of apprenticeships, but it’s far too early to claim that these apprenticeships are missing the skills needed to grow the economy.
“We know that businesses are using the new trailblazer apprenticeships to genuinely employ new talent or upskill their managers. The new focus on higher level degree apprenticeships shows that employers are focusing on where the skills gaps are most acute, with the Chartered Manager, digital and engineering degree Apprenticeships seeing by far the biggest uptake.
“However, we agree with the report’s warning that schools are failing to promote Apprenticeships. Urgent action needs to be taken to raise awareness among young people and their parents of the professional opportunities prestigious new apprenticeships now offer.”