Young Women's Trust responds to Education Committee report on apprenticeships

By agency reporter
October 9, 2018

Parliament's Education Committee has published a report into how well apprenticeships are working: The apprenticeships ladder of opportunity: quality not quantity. The report looks at the barriers that those from disadvantaged backgrounds face in starting apprenticeships, as well as examining the quality of current apprenticeship provision. 

The Young Women’s Trust chief executive, Dr Carole Easton, said: “We need more young people completing high-quality apprenticeships to plug the growing skills gap. But those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and especially women, are facing significant barriers to apprenticeships. Breaking down these barriers is crucial to business and the economy. 

“First, the Government must raise the apprentice minimum wage. Lots of young people tell us they can’t afford to do an apprenticeship; the £3.70 an hour minimum wage barely covers the bus to work, let alone bills and rent. 

“Second, much greater provision of part-time and flexible apprenticeships would particularly help young mothers and carers, who often have to balance care with work. This would give young people and businesses the skills they need.”

* Read The apprenticeships ladder of opportunity: quality not quantity here

* Young Women's Trust https://www.youngwomenstrust.org/

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