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Young Fabians Education Network Apprenticeship Event

Young Fabians Education Network Apprenticeship Event

On the 15th July the Young Fabians Education Network (YFEN) hosted an event at the House of Commons entitled “Beyond 3M: A successful apprenticeships system for the UK”

The YFEN are the under-31 section of the Fabian Society which are one of Britain’s oldest think tanks.

The event was led by a panel of apprenticeship experts and the aim was to discuss a variety of issues concerning apprenticeships including government involvement in apprenticeships, ensuring that apprenticeships offer progression routes into good jobs.

One of the biggest talking points during the discussion was the recently announced apprenticeship levy. In George Osborne’s summer budget, the Chancellor confirmed that all large firms will start paying an apprenticeship tax to help fund 3 million new apprenticeships by 2020.

However this most concerning point of the day was when the head of the Barclays’ apprenticeship scheme, Mike Thompson, referenced to his research that states that only 18% of UK schools educate their students on apprenticeships.

With apprenticeships being so high on the Governments agenda, this is a very low number.

To read more about the day click here