Education Committee

The quality of apprenticeships and skills training inquiry

Inquiry status: open

Inquiry launched on 16 November 2017. Oral evidence ongoing.

Evidence sessions held on 16 January, 27 February, 13 March and 17 April 2018.

Scope of the inquiry

The inquiry examines whether employers, learners and tax payers are getting value for the time and money invested in training, and whether more needs to be done to detect poor-quality provision.

The Committee is considering the following issues:

  • The quality of current provision, how this varies by sector, level and region, and the impact of this on learner outcomes;
  • The effectiveness of the quality monitoring system, in particular the role and capacity of Ofsted;
  • The role of the Education and Skills Funding Agency in ensuring value for money, and the impact of different funding models;
  • Quality and oversight of training provided by subcontractors; and
  • Quality of training received by the socially disadvantaged, and barriers to them undertaking this training.


Terms of reference: The quality of apprenticeships and skills training

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