The Government's stated aim is for all young people to have the chance to either go to university or start an apprenticeship. However, the impressive increase in apprenticeships in recent years masks an acute lack of high-quality apprenticeships for young people.

This collection of essays, edited by Tess Lanning, brings together academics, experts and key stakeholders to explore the policies and practices needed to improve the quantity and quality of apprenticeships for young people.

  • The aims and objectives of apprenticeship – Alison Fuller and Lorna Unwin
  • The philosopher’s stone? The case for national apprenticeship qualifications – Alan Smithers
  • Employers & meeting the Government’s apprenticeship target: what could possibly go wrong? – Ewart Keep and Susan James Relly
  • Unions and employers in the driving seat – Tom Wilson
  • Sector-led approaches to raising apprenticeships: an employer’s perspective – Douglas McCormick
  • Why colleges and universities should be offering more and better apprenticeships – Andy Westwood
  • University-led apprenticeships: a new model for apprentice education – Sir Keith Burnett
  • Lessons from abroad: the need for employee involvement, regulation and education for broad occupational profiles – Linda Clarke and Christopher Winch
  • Concluding thoughts and recommendations – Tess Lanning

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