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    A separate survey by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and XpertHR claims that male mangers are 40% more likely to be promoted than female managers.

    Further progression - developing Masters-level degree apprenticeship programmes

    Petra Wilton, Director of Strategy and External Affairs, CMI, addressing the Westminster Employment Forum Keynote Seminar: The future for higher and degree apprenticeships - expansion, integration and standards

    Awareness of degree apprenticeships is still unacceptably low – we need to fix this

    In the last fortnight, more than a million GCSE and A-level students have collected their exam results and many will now be moving onto the next stage of education. Of course, the well-established further and higher education routes will dominate the choices made. Yet, too few young people and their parents are aware of exciting new options, such as higher degree apprenticeships. As the skills gap grows, and the prospect of massive graduate debt is deterring more people from pursuing higher education, we need to fix this lack of awareness.

    A-Level students from disadvantaged backgrounds risk missing out on ‘free’ degree apprenticeships

    A New Dawn for Further Education?

    By revolutionising their funding model, the Apprenticeship Levy could reinvigorate the further education sector

    Labelling the Apprenticeship Levy as a “tax” is misleading: it’s a skills investment plan

    According to Einstein the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”. So when applied to the world of training – where we have an intransigent productivity problem with the UK at 21% lower than the G7, and systemic skills shortages especially in higher level professional skills – it is clear we need to do something fundamentally different.  The new apprenticeship reforms offer just that – an employer rather than provider-led system, a new focus on higher-level, professional skills rather than technician and lower-level skills,  and rather than a voluntary approach, a new levy mechanism to drive up employer commitment and investment in skills.

    Government gives greenlight to employers to develop a Master’s apprenticeship for senior leaders

    Government approval to develop a new Master’s-level degree apprenticeship in leadership and management means organisations will be able to use Apprenticeship Levy funds to invest in the skills of their most senior leaders.

    Skills first in an age of uncertainty

    Changes to the UK’s education system come at a time when post-Brexit we need a renewed focus on developing home-grown skills. In the past year, we have seen the introduction of Trailblazer Apprenticeships, proposals for the implementation of the Apprenticeship Levy and wider reforms to create 15 new technical routes for school leavers. The restructure of education and training serves to address a nation-wide issue of low productivity and ongoing skills shortages. The policies we are seeing emerge from the government are a reassuring move toward reinvigorating the development of higher level and technical skills through work-based learning routes.  These vocational routes for far too long have been given far less attention than traditional university education.  

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