Apprenticeships are the most favoured way of winning the global skills race and giving more young people a great start to their working lives. It is a race that employers and Government want to win. More parents should want it too. How are we doing and how can we ensure this is a race that the UK wins?
David Way CBE has a wealth of experience of apprenticeships. As a former CEO of the national Apprenticeship Service, he saw every aspect of apprenticeship success and the challenges that lay ahead.
David uses his extensive network of apprenticeship supporters and analysts to produce the widest range of insights into apprenticeships ever assembled in the UK. The contributors draw on their knowledge and experiences across Europe and around the world.
What is the current state of apprenticeships in the UK? What is working well? What more is needed to transform apprenticeships into the chosen route for ambitious young people and their parents? How can we ensure apprenticeships become the best means of attracting and managing new talent?
Will the Government achieve its ambition for three million more apprenticeships by 2020? How should success really be assessed? What more can employers, unions, trainers, schools, colleges, universities, careers services and others do?
The book analyses Apprenticeships within five main themes: Apprenticeships design and quality; promoting Apprenticeships; Apprenticeships and business; navigating the Apprenticeship system; and delivering Apprenticeships.
Influential business leaders offer their insights, including Sir Mike Rake, John Cridland, John Longworth, David Meller, Jason Holt, Steve Holliday and Toby Peyton-Jones: as well as TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady.
Skills leaders and commentators add their perspectives including David Russell, Chris Jones, Neil Robertson, Stewart Segal, David Harbourne, Deirdre Hughes, Adrian Anderson, Kirstie Donnelly, Graham Schumacher, Judith Norrington, LJ Rawlings, Sue Betts, Anthony Mann, Simon Perryman and Bill Lucas.
There are case studies covering Higher Apprenticeships, Degree Apprenticeships, Trailblazer design, Traineeships, attracting those who need Apprenticeships most, clearing arrangements for new talent, recruiting technicians, enabling people to progress to Higher and Degree Apprenticeship opportunities, and the importance of GTAs in delivering STEM apprenticeships.
The employers include PWC, CGI (formerly Logica), BT, Barclays, TUI, Siemens, EDF Energy, Lloyds Banking Group, and United Utilities.
Finally, A Race to the Top concludes: how this can be a race well run. What are the key judgements that need to be made that will indeed ensure that Apprenticeships are transformed in the UK to the lasting benefit of young people and employers?