http://www.independent.co.uk/news/e...y-of-the-name-warns-ofsted-head-a6698411.html 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: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/5f7ef3d6-6dbc-11e5-8171-ba1968cf791a.html#axzz3ouZDkXs9 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. www.ft.com/cms/s/0/5f7ef3d6-6dbc-11e5-8171-ba1968cf791a.html#ixzz3ouapsxYB This probably affects the future of the majority of the students teachers are currently teaching. What do people think?