IMI welcomes inquiry into apprenticeship targets

IMI's Steve Nash offers 'extensive research' findings to help Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy

IMI welcomes inquiry into apprenticeship targets
IMI offer research and expertise to government inquiry. Image credit: Bigstock.

Research commissioned by the IMI last year revealed a concern amongst training providers and businesses with training academies in England regarding the Government’s plans to increase apprentice numbers by 2020.

The survey, conducted by the IMI found that the majority of training providers welcomed the government’s ambition to increase apprenticeships to three million but feared other policies will make it impossible to achieve.

78 per cent of respondents said that careers advice, which has been provided in schools on an ad hoc basis since 2012, is at best unhelpful.

Only ten per cent think advice offered by the National Careers Service has any impact on apprentice recruitment.

Conflict of interest

Steve Nash, CEO of the IMI, said: “There is a real conflict of interest between schools holding onto 16 to 18-year-old pupils to bolster their funding and the clearly stated desire by government to see more taking the apprenticeship route.

“We therefore welcome the opportunity to provide our research and expertise to the inquiry.”

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