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Will employers take a free ride on apprenticeships?

Graham Watson

18th April 2017

Here is a Guardian editorial packed full of evaluation of the latest attempt to beef-up vocational training via apprenticeships. In it, there's an acknowledgement of the difficulties of policy-making, an application of 'Goodhart's Law', which stated that once something is established as a target, it often ceases to be a meaningful measure of what it used to quantify.

As the article notes, this leads to such targets being 'gamed' and I guess this applies to apprenticeships, as much as it does to monetary aggregates, or the time taken for ambulances to arrive.

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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