EEF response to the Skills Commission inquiry into apprenticeships and social mobility

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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.


Head of Education & Skills Policy

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