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Apprenticeships and Wilshaw

Discussion in 'Education news' started by irs1054, Oct 18, 2015.

  1. irs1054

    irs1054 Star commenter


    SMW is apparently going to make a speech at the CBI to effect that there are poor quality apprenticeships. Will anybody ever learn?

    This article a week ago is also relevant:

    In particular the point about targets and wages:

    Professor Alison Wolf, of King’s College London and author of the Wolf Review of Vocational Qualifications, said: “If we hadn’t been chasing targets and numbers for the last 10 years we could have had far more good apprenticeships (and fewer pointless so-called apprenticeships) than we have had.
    “One hand of government knows this. The other hand is inflicting a ridiculous and unattainable 3m target on us. The risk is that the target is all-destructive — pile them high, cheap and pointless.”
    The research will add to concerns that many lower-end schemes are exploitative and amount to little more than cheap labour. Current pay for apprentices is £2.73 an hour for 16-to-18-year-olds and for those aged 19 or over in their first year — well below the minimum wage.


    This probably affects the future of the majority of the students teachers are currently teaching.

    What do people think?
  2. emerald52

    emerald52 Star commenter

    Put it in the bag as zero hours contracts, unqualified teachers, over worked junior doctors and cuts in tax credits. It's running the country for the benefit of the elite which is the aim of a Tory government.

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