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Government must back apprentice expansion

Ministers are keen to see colleges delivering more apprenticeships – that’s understandable. After all, colleges are well-placed to offer solutions to employers as well as great access routes and progression for apprentices.

But institutions need to have confidence that there is a long-term commitment to support the investment they want and need to make. Over many years of turbulent policy shifts, colleges have learned that caution is often a good strategy when it comes to growth. After a decade of 30 per cent real-terms cuts, we are in an era of narrow margins and low reserves.

So, for ...

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