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Annex 2: Apprenticeship engagement event

On 20 July 2016 we held an informal engagement event with apprentices. It was arranged by Parliamentary Outreach with the assistance of AAT, Crossrail, Electrical Contractors’ Association, GTA England, National Day Nurseries Association, NHS Employers, Royal National Theatre, The Prince’s Trust, Universities UK, WorldSkills UK and the Young Women’s Trust. Attendees discussed topics within the scope of the inquiry with Sub-Committee Members and staff. The following is a summary of comments made during the event, divided into two topic sections.

Experiences of applying for an apprenticeship

Most of the apprentices attending the informal session felt the process of applying for an apprenticeship could be improved. Frequent criticisms included:

Some apprentices spoke of difficulties finding appropriate apprenticeships in their local area, in particular those who wished to pursue creative programmes. Others reported opposition from parents or difficulties securing apprenticeships at a later stage in their careers due to the misconception that apprenticeships were only for young people.

Experiences of being an apprentice

Most attendees were positive about their apprenticeship programmes and the opportunities they provided to learn in the workplace. The relative job security provided by many apprenticeships was contrasted with the cost and insecurity of the university route. However, some concerns were expressed:

A recurring theme was the importance of in-work training and mentoring to the provision of high-quality training.

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