Help employers navigate apprenticeship courses

The government is mistaken if it thinks employers want to lead the way on apprenticeships, writes Karen Redhead. Collaboration with colleges is key

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Having occupied senior leadership roles within the FE sector for 27 years, I have seen many educational reforms that have consumed much energy and effort, yet rarely achieved their intent. Often, the original aim is laudable, but something gets lost in the implementation, so that a different prospect emerges.

The government’s focus on apprenticeship growth, as articulated in its three million starts target, initially led to widespread concerns that quantity was being pursued at the expense of quality. There has been a more recent shift towards a focus on quality, but even the major players do ...

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