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Articles from Petra Wilton

Why do IfA want to destroy degree apprenticeships?

Investing in management skills and building capability in our managers and leaders is key to solving the productivity puzzle. And management apprenticeships are already playing a critical role in this, by turning our 2.4m accidental managers into conscientious and productive leaders.

Leading employers are recognising how management apprenticeships drive growth

An Anniversary of Apprenticeships.

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 New Dawn for Further Education?

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

CMI's Petra Wilton discusses Apprenticeship v Graduate recruitment routes into Management

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”.

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.