Commenting on today’s Ofsted report on Apprenticeships, Verity O’Keefe, Employment & Skills Policy Adviser at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, said:
"Whilst it’s great to see apprenticeships back in the spotlight and ambitious targets set, we must not sacrifice quality for quantity. Unfortunately, today’s Ofsted report highlights some examples of poor quality apprenticeships, damaging both the brand and value of these important training programmes.
“For manufacturers, an apprenticeship is substantial training that leads to a job. Generally offered to younger workers, on a good wage, at a high level with great future career prospects in an exciting industry. Government must listen to Ofsted and turn this on its head – so that the majority of new apprenticeships are in engineering and manufacturing, and that they are fully supported and properly funded as part of a long-term industrial strategy."
- Nearly three-quarters of manufacturers currently offer apprenticeships
- Two-thirds plan to recruit an engineering apprentice in the next 12 months
- Three-quarters of manufacturers generally recruit apprentices aged 16 to 18 years
- Three-quarters of manufacturers say all their apprentices are employed with them upon completion of their training
- Over a third of manufacturers fund their apprenticeships entirely themselves, six in ten use a combination of employer and public funding.