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Training Places - Apprentices quitting over poor quality of schemes

Graham Watson

28th November 2022

The poor standard of vocational training in the UK has been a perennial curse, damaging the economy's supply-side perforrnance, and it seems that even the latest round of reforms has done little to solve this.

The latest data uncovered by EDSK and reported here on the BBC news website not only shows the poor quality of much of the training but also reveals large numbers of apprentices dropping out of their courses as a result, yet another blow to productive, and thus supply-side. capacity.

According to ESDK:

"Employers have rebadged low-skill jobs such as working in a coffee shop or hotel housekeeping as an ‘apprenticeship’ so they can pay their apprentices just £4.81 per hour."

The drop-out rate for university students is 5%. For A-level students, it’s 9%. For apprenticeships, the drop-out rate has reached 47%. 70% of those who leave say the poor quality of their apprenticeship was a reason for quitting.

Graham Watson

Graham Watson has taught Economics for over twenty years. He contributes to tutor2u, reads voraciously and is interested in all aspects of Teaching and Learning.

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