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Apprenticeships and traineeships for 16 to 19 year olds

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Apprenticeships and traineeships for 16 to 19 year olds

Published September 2014

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In September 2014, the CIPD submitted written evidence to Parliament’s Education Committee inquiry into the effectiveness and range of apprenticeships and traineeships available to 16 to 19 year olds. 

The inquiry sought views on the impact of recent changes in funding to apprenticeships and traineeships and the factors affecting their uptake. It also asked for evidence on: 

  • the effectiveness of apprenticeships and traineeships for 16-19 year olds, including in terms of meeting employer needs in different 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 Education Committee published its report on 9 March 2015.

View the report