ISE: End apprenticeships bureaucracy and inflexibility

Last month, education secretary Damian Hinds admitted the government's target of 3 million starts will not be met

Julia Belgutay

Changes have to be made to the apprenticeship system, according to the ISE

The government must provide “stability, transparency, flexibility and employer ownership” for the apprenticeship reforms to succeed, according to the Institute of Student Employers (ISE).

In a new report published today, the ISE sets out the challenges faced by its members, and which are preventing the reforms from meeting the targets set by government.  Last month, education secretary Damian Hinds admitted the government will miss its target of 3 million apprenticeship starts by 2020.


Read more: Hinds: apprenticeship target will not be reached

More news: Institute for Apprenticeships promises to speed up standards delivery

Opinion: Why the next PM must commit to 16-18 apprenticeships


Apprenticeships: Improving the system

The report by the ISE stresses there are challenges around funding, bureaucracy, the implementation of reforms and the perception of the apprenticeship scheme, and sets out recommendations to improve the current system.

ISE chief executive Stephen Isherwood said: “Businesses are best placed to understand the skills needed to drive productivity, but while the government claims commitment to putting employers in the driving seat of apprenticeships, this is not evident. We are very concerned about the range of voices that are calling for radical changes to the system or for its destruction and replacement by something new.”  

He added: “The real work around apprenticeships happens in businesses across the country. Implementation is not straightforward. It requires employers to invest heavily and manage a lot of complexity. Any change will cost business and it can’t be done overnight. Closer collaboration with government and greater transparency are not just a requirement, they’re a necessity if the system is to have any hope of achieving what it set out to do.”

ISE report recommendations

  1. Ensure stability in the apprenticeship system
  2. The levy should not be a payroll tax
  3. Double the levy "expiry date"
  4. Increase levy flexibility
  5. Join-up the apprenticeship systems in different UK nations
  6. Support higher and degree level apprenticeships
  7. Review the way apprenticeship standards are created and developed
  8. Increase the flexibility in off-the-job training
  9. Celebrate how apprenticeships can transform careers for everyone
  10. Promote apprenticeships across the education system

 

Register to continue reading for free

It only takes a moment and you'll get access to more news, plus courses, jobs and teaching resources tailored to you

Julia Belgutay

Julia Belgutay

Julia Belgutay is head of FE at Tes

Find me on Twitter @JBelgutay

Latest stories

Geoff Barton

Omicron, nativities and the DfE: Another fine mess

Schools are being told what to do by those with no concept of the reality of running a school - and it's only making an already tough situation a lot harder, explains Geoff Barton
Geoff Barton 3 Dec 2021
New headteachers - here are 9 things you need to know

Headteacher wellbeing and sources of 'streth'

Former headteacher Chris McDermott set out to find out the true causes of leader stress and support – and in doing so coined a whole new term, as he explains here
Chris McDermott 2 Dec 2021
Transdisciplinary learning: how to embed it in your school

Why you need a transdisciplinary curriculum

At the Aspirations Academies, six hours a week are dedicated to applied transdisciplinary learning - but how does it work? And should you apply something similar at your school?
Steve Kenning 2 Dec 2021