Apprenticeships ‘must address distinct needs of teens’

Too many apprenticeships in England do not help teenagers start a career or progress to higher vocational education, research suggests.

The Institute for Public Policy Research wants lower level apprenticeships replaced by a pre-apprenticeship programme addressing 16- to 18-year-olds’ “distinct needs”.

Its report comes as universities are awarded £4.5m to develop 5,200 degree level apprenticeships from September.

Ministers said “apprenticeships work”.

Apprenticeships Minister Robert Halfon said apprenticeship programmes and traineeships were part of the government’s strategy to ensure that people of all backgrounds and all ages “can get on the ladder of opportunity”.

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