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  1. Apprenticeships seminar “International Perspectives” Richard Marsh - 8 February 2011 If you have not already done so please confirm your place There is no charge for this event. Travel and accommodation is not provided

  2. What does he of England know, he who only England knows? With apologies to Kipling

  3. Like most countries England is seeking to grow its Apprenticeship programme. This seminar is being held to help us to learn and share best practise with other countries with established and growing programmes.

  4. Contents English Apprenticeship system background Progress Successes and issues 4

  5. Further (Tertiary) Education in EnglandBackground Compulsory Education until aged 16 (changing to 18 by 2015) 85% remain in Education after 16; but only 50% after 19 Of those who stay in Education after age 16 50% take further academic study (A levels) & 50% vocational courses including but not limited to Apprenticeships (2009 figures, rounded for presentation) 5

  6. Apprenticeships in EnglandOverview Long history of Apprenticeships in England, literally for hundreds of years Recent successive governments support for reinvigorating the programme A managed programme with big government investment (£1billion in 2010) An expanding programme with over 400,000 apprentices on 200 Apprenticeships programmes in 2010 Modern, online application, matching and support tools A programme for all ages (16+) and increasingly at all academic levels 6

  7. “Learning through practise alongside and under the guidance of an expert practioner is the most effective way, to transmit professional experience and skills from one generation to the next”Dr Nyahn ‘rediscovering apprenticeships’ Springer 2009 What are apprenticeships for?

  8. Apprenticeships in England Funding from Government for Training costs = 100% age 16-18 Training costs = 50% age 19+* The Apprentice’s wages are paid by their employer Each apprentice must have an employer and be paid. About 130,000 employers in England have apprentices Each apprentice must have a registered training provider (which can also be their employer) There 1,100 providers in England Government funded apprentices must study one of 200 Apprenticeship ‘qualification framework’ areas. Frameworks are at European qualification framework levels 2, 3, or 4 * reducing to 40% age 25 and over, age relates to age at start of programmes 8

  9. Rising numbers of apprentices • 160,000* people started an Apprenticeship in 2001 • 300,000* people expected to start an apprentice in 2010 • 400,000 in 2014 • * Figures rounded for presentation 9

  10. Age profile About 40% of Apprentices are aged 16, 17 or 18 when they start 60% are aged 18+ when they start * Figures rounded for presentation 10

  11. Success rates In 2000 – 70%* of starters did not complete their Apprenticeship programme In 2010 – 70% *of starters will successfully complete their programme * Figures rounded for presentation 11

  12. Most popular Apprenticeships 12

  13. Apprenticeship starts byAcademic Level(Qualification Credit Framework) 13

  14. Apprenticeship positives in England The size of the programme continues to grow strongly based on employer and individual demand All Apprentices now have an employer and receive a wage It is an all age programme and covers many industries and job roles Employer and Learner satisfaction with their experience is improving SASE brings in a new standard for Apprenticeships in England Online matching service makes application and recruitment easy 14

  15. Apprenticeship issues in England Not enough large sized employers offering Apprentice opportunities Quality is improving and good but pockets of bad practice still exist The Apprenticeship programme is still heavily segregated by sex and ethnicity in some areas and sectors, reflecting the overall job market Growth in Advanced and Higher (level 3+) Apprenticeships has been slower than in entry level 2 Apprenticeships, lowering the academic mean of the overall programme There is a need to encourage more Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) based Apprenticeships 15

  16. Our future plans Specification for Apprenticeship Standards in England will set a new academic framework for Apprenticeships in England from April 2011 Major growth to be in academic Level 3 and above programmes Continue to make it easier and more rewarding for employers to employ apprentices Use of competition such as World Skills London 2011 to embed excellence 16

  17. The National Apprenticeship Service Founded in April 2009 to offer support to all parties Helps create new Apprenticeship markets Provides support to employers interested in starting Apprenticeship programmes (30,000 since its inception) Informs individuals, stakeholders and partners about Apprenticeships Develops new internet based tools and guides Oversees the growth of the Apprenticeship programme and monitors quality For more information regarding Apprenticeships in England please contact; 17