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EduSkills blog: Apprenticeship Research

EduSkills blog: Apprenticeship Research

12th March 2018

Last week Grant Thornton and City & Guilds published “Generation apprentice”. Their findings suggest that apprenticeships are viewed as successful career pathway by many parents, young people and employers. Also more than three quarters of parents and young people think that apprenticeships offer good career prospects.   

The Learning and Work Institute have called for more to be done on increasing women apprenticeship participation rates in the engineering and manufacturing sector (EMT).  Despite successful women applicants making up half of overall apprenticeship figures, the report indicates that women are much less likely than men to apply for apprenticeship opportunities in the EMT sector. Female applicants to the sector totalled 3.7%, compared to 34.6 % of male applicants. This has meant that women make up only 6.7% of successful EMT applicants.

Meanwhile the University and College Union (UCU) have threatened another fourteen days of strike action between April and June. The move puts pressure on Universities UK to re-think the proposed pension changes which UCU say would leave a typical lecturer £10,000 a year worse of in retirement. The University of Oxford has reversed its position having previously backed the pension changes.