The Education Committee announces an inquiry into apprenticeships and traineeships for 16 to 19 years olds.
The Committee invites written submissions, by 30 September 2014, addressing the following points:
- The effectiveness of apprenticeships and traineeships for 16-19 year olds, including in terms of meeting employer needs in different sectors, and providing young people with a solid foundation for employment in general or in particular occupations or for further study
- The range of apprenticeships and traineeships available to young people
- Current levels of employer engagement in apprenticeships (including in providing places or defining standards and setting assessment), and what further steps the Government could take to improve this
- The impact of recent changes to the funding of apprenticeships and traineeships
- Whether the Government’s investment in apprenticeships represents value for money in terms of the future wage returns for young people and their employability
- How the Government could encourage businesses of all sizes and in all sectors to offer apprenticeships, including improved fiscal, regulatory and other measures
- What factors prevent more young people considering apprenticeships and how these could be overcome
- Whether young people are adequately prepared for apprenticeships and how that preparation should be improved
- How the Government could encourage more young people to consider apprenticeships and traineeships
The Committee asks for written submissions in accordance with the guidelines below by midday on Tuesday 30 September 2014.