Tom Richmond

Is the new Institute for Apprenticeships doomed?

Poorly conceived and under-resourced, the government’s answer to the UK’s perennial skills posers has all the marks of a panic-quango, says Tom Richmond

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“Once in every generation, at least, the government panics about a perceived skills shortage in the UK economy. It’s a crisis. Everyone gets blamed. A report is commissioned. Reforms are proposed. A new quango is established. Deadlines are set. Not much seems to change. Then there is another panic.”

So said an observer cited by the select committee investigating the state of the government’s reforms to apprenticeships and skills. In 2007.

A decade later, things haven’t improved much. Despite ministers’ perennial love of announcing a new agency or organisation being curtailed since the ...

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