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The Apprenticeships Ladder Of Opportunity: Quality Not Quantity

This Commons Select Committee report highlights how apprenticeships have been around in one form or another since the Middle Ages, but are now overlooked when it comes to the support apprenticeship schemes needed in order to help deliver a high-quality workforce.

The report focuses on the twin challenges of improving apprenticeship quality and promoting social justice. While it recognises the good work being done by many FE colleges and independent training providers, it calls for clearer oversight of apprenticeship training and assessment and a tougher approach to poor quality training. Amid a tripling in the number of approved providers, the report recommends an expanded role for Ofsted inspections and a cap on the amount of training that new providers can offer until they have proved their provision is of sufficient quality. 

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