Executive Director of social mobility charity Leadership Through Sport & Business has backed MP’s criticisms of the Government’s “blunt tool” apprenticeship initiatives.
Caroline Adair said it was important that young people were not just started in schemes, but offered support and training throughout the process until they complete.
Speaking after the publication of the critical report by the Education, Skills and Economy Sub-Committee who warned about a skills shortage in the UK, she said:
“We totally agree that a focus on apprenticeship ‘starts’ poorly serves young people looking to develop vital skills and make a lifetime’s contribution to the economy.
“The emphasis of LTSB has always been on intensive preparation for our accounting apprenticeship roles, but also substantial support throughout the placement. We ensure that they’re not just ‘started’, but completed and a worthwhile experience for apprentice and employer alike.”
A LTSB apprentice, who took part in the review process, has now landed a full time role with Santander after a successful apprenticeship.
Caroline Adair added:
“LTSB is delighted that one of our excellent apprentices took part in this review, and we’re grateful to the Association of Accounting Technicians for inviting Bola Lawal to attend.”
Bola, who is 20 and from Essex, completed her placement with BKL Chartered Accountants and has now moved on to Santander.
“Bola is a great example of an LTSB apprentice. She always had focus and ability, but the preparation before her placement, and training and support throughout made a vital difference in helping her achieve her goals. This report endorses our belief that all apprentices deserve the same support.”