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‘We need to make sure that everybody is benefiting from apprenticeships’

In his first interview since being appointed chair of the Institute for Apprenticeships, former Barclays CEO Antony Jenkins says he believes that, after decades of failed attempts to reform technical education, a brighter future is around the corner

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At six months old, the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) is still in its infancy. Unpacked boxes are scattered around its London office. Even the fellow tenants at the premises it shares in the heart of Victoria appear to be unfamiliar with their new neighbour: a piece of paper bearing the words “Institute for Apprenticeships Fridge” has been stuck to the refrigerator door to ward off any intruders.

The mission of the institute, which has a budget just shy of £10 million for 2017-18, is simple: “ensuring high-quality apprenticeship standards”. At present, it has three main jobs: approving ...

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