‘Apprenticeships, apprenticeships, apprenticeships’ is the new mantra of vocational education. But despite the hype about them from government, business and training organisations, young people seem unconvinced. Many poor quality vocational qualifications or work placements have been rebranded as ‘apprenticeships.’ Do UK employers and the government really know what makes a ‘world-class’ apprenticeship?
The speakers are Dr Ruth Mieschbuehler, College of Education, Derby; Dr Adam Marshal, acting director general, British Chambers of Commerce; Bally Bhogal, head of training and new business, Pera Training Ltd; Patrick Hayes, director, BESA. The chair is Hilary Salt, founder of First Actuarial.