History won’t repeat itself if we learn from FE’s past

If the government learns from the previous failed attempts to kickstart the skills economy, it could make T levels work. Kirstie Donnelly has five pieces of advice

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We’ve recently come to the end of another National Apprenticeship Week. Throughout the week, the Department for Education, educators and employers organise events to showcase the benefits of apprenticeships. What’s more, the media becomes (thankfully) more receptive than usual to stories about the ways in which apprenticeships support progression and productivity.

There is a way to go before the apprenticeship pathway is respected in the same way as going to university is seen as a valuable route into employment. But after considerable promotion – and, of course, a new levy – apprenticeships ...

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