Quality apprenticeships should be at the heart of vocational education

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date: March 3, 2011

Quality apprenticeships should be at the heart of vocational education

Responding to the review of vocational education by Professor Alison Wolf, Tom Wilson, director of unionlearn, said:

'We agree with Professor Wolf's support for the expansion of high quality apprenticeships that will offer genuine career progression for young people. It is interesting that she makes the point that in general apprenticeships in the UK compare less favourably with those in many other Europe countries which tend to offer a broader level of training.

We also endorse Professor Wolf's view that young people should have a general education to the age of 16, including the achievement of minimum standards in maths and English, and that 14 is too early to specialise.

Unionlearn is working closely with unions and the National Apprenticeship Service to build the capacity of union reps to support young apprentices in the workplace and to encourage more employers to recruit them."

A copy of the Wolf review can be viewed via this link:http://www.education.gov.uk/publications/eOrderingDownload/Wolf-Report.pdf

NOTES TO EDITORS:

All unionlearn press releases can be found at www.unionlearn.org.uk

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