Magazine article Public Finance

Create More Apprenticeships, Public Sector Employers Told

Magazine article Public Finance

Create More Apprenticeships, Public Sector Employers Told

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Public sector employers are pressure to offer more apprenticeships.

The government wants some legislative weight behind its intention to dsftvor 400,000 apprenticeships In England by 2020. Proposals for s draft Bill were announced in the Queen's Speech last week.

But there are concerns that the public sector is not putting its weight in offering places. The Learning and Skills Council, which the draft Bill charges with Improving the apprenticeship scheme, has caned on the public sector to do more.

Rob Wye, national director for strategy, communications and teaming at the LSC, toM Pubtk finance that, while some areas, excellent vocational training, the picture across the sector as a whole was a variable one.

These concerns are shared at the top of government. In a speech delivered on October 31 his first on education - Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: 'We [need to] make the public sector a better partner, which it hasn't always been, in apprenticeships, including changes in Whitehall itself. …

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