May 21, 2022

A new report urges the government not to “leave the youngest behind” as its results show that apprenticeships at the entry level have declined by 72% since 2014.

An analysis of government data by the London Progressive Collaboration (LPC) – an initiative to start apprenticeships in the capital – has revealed a significant shortfall in entry-level apprenticeships.

Statistics show that since 2014/15, there has been a 72% drop in entry level apprenticeships starting in England, while at the same time there are high level apprenticeships, which are often taken by older people. Yes, I have increased by 400%.

The LPC warns that the decline in entry-level apprenticeships will particularly affect young people, as they traditionally take advantage of these opportunities. LPC, which has supported more than 700 new apprenticeships in 160 small businesses over the past 18 months, says it is deeply concerned that it could lead to them being laid off for zero hours. On contracts, are unable to access apprenticeship while in poverty or down the career ladder while working.


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Analysis shows that the decline in apprenticeships for young people has started with the number of under-19s, especially in the capital. 9From 550 in 2016/17 to 3,880 in 2020/21 – now only 11% of apprenticeships start, half of what they did five years ago.

These findings follow previous research which found that apprenticeship start-ups in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) decreased by more than 36% in 2017, immediately after the introduction of apprenticeship levy.

The LPC says it is important to consider that SMEs have played a key role in creating historically high quality local employment opportunities, especially for young people entering the work world. But small businesses with which LPC works often cite the complexity of navigating the apprenticeship system as well as the cost as major barriers to getting apprentices.

The LPC says that in this National Apprenticeship Week, the government should ensure that the youth do not lag behind in their mission to enhance their skills. According to the organization, the promise of better apprenticeship recruitment service for SMEs is a welcome sign, but according to the organization, the mission is to equip skills through increased collaboration for small businesses to access apprenticeships and other skills programs. Need support

Anna Ambrose, director of the London Progress Collaboration, said:

“Ending entry-level apprenticeships is bad for young people early in their careers and it’s bad for small businesses. Apprentices are now on average older and studying higher apprenticeships than in 2015.

“Small business apprenticeships are an important part of the ecosystem because they make entry-level apprenticeships, yet they’re not hiring apprentices anywhere near the numbers we’ve seen before.”

“Apprenticeships are a key way to a high-quality job, lifting people out of poverty – and benefiting those from the most disadvantaged backgrounds.” Reduces the burden, and it generates profits for local economies as they continue the post-CoVID-19 recovery.

“On all fronts, Apprenticeships should be at the center of the skills development mission. And it will not achieve its goals unless small businesses are provided with practical and financial support to create those opportunities.” Do what their communities need.

The good news is that by transferring their unspent apprenticeship levy funds to pay for SME apprenticeships, big business can now participate. To date, the London Progression Calibration has raised more than a pound. Is.9 Millions of London’s 70 levy payers, which has helped us build more than one in 100 apprenticeships across London over the last financial year. ”

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