EEF has responded to the Skills Commission inquiry into apprenticeships and social mobility.
The inquiry explores:
- How do recent reforms to the apprenticeship system support social mobility?
- Will there be any unintended effects on disadvantaged young people accessing apprenticeships?
- What will the effects be on progression within apprenticeships?
- What are the longer term changes on the horizon as a result of these reforms?
- What can be done by employers, providers and government to avoid any unintended issues that may arise?
- What good practice is already occurring that we can learn from?
EEF's response covers:
- The importance of apprenticeships in filling the manufacturing skills gap
- The demand from manufacturers for apprenticeships
- The challenges faced by manufacturers in offering and delivering apprenticeships
- Manufacturers demand for younger apprentices (16 to 18 year olds)
- The impacts of the apprenticeship levy
- How manufacturers recruit apprentices
You can download our full response below.