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Is Hayes suggesting completing apprenticeships at level 6 / 7 will result in chartered status for engineers and the like? If he's not, I can't think what employment or professional benefit there would be in instituting such a scheme.
Have a look and try to find more information about the apprenticeships being offered in Germany. It is very established to choose between a study and apprenticeships after your normal school degree. They are fully structured. Mostly 2,5-4 years in which apprentices earn a bit money (some more than 800 pounds in the last years) and pay in also for pension schemes and insurance. People there are professionals in their fields and as apprenticeships are on the same level every employer knows what to expect. More and more college students decide on an apprenticeship rather than a study. Years ago it was only seen as for high school leavers.
the major problem with the apprenticeships, is that when the 'levy' schemes disappeared so did many apprenticeships and employers failed to replace the apprenticeship system and training was shortened into 'fit-to-to-a-job'. I'm glad that the 12 month rule was introduced as it will basically take customer services and business admin out of the apprentice frame. The main point for apprentices is that employers are scared about them, it means moving back into employing and then training young people, a group which lots of employers have generally bypassed.
Compared with most other European countries, employer involvement in apprenticeships <br/>in the UK remains poor. very poor indeed. Employers could do more to actively support young people in building their skills. This <br/>includes boosting participation in apprenticeship programmes, as well as linking employment <br/>opportunities to higher education programmes. <br/>With youth unemployment currently at a record high, the need to create routes into employment for school-leavers is ever more pressing.<br/>If designed properly, apprenticeships could have an important role to play in helping to tackle youth unemployment. <br/><br/>