Good apprenticeships? Hint: it isn’t all about the provider

Re-reading the Ofsted annual report from 2017 for a project we’re involved with, so I thought this a useful reminder to share with you about what makes a good apprenticeship.

Hint: it isn’t *all* about the provider.

” In the providers judged good or outstanding for their apprenticeships in 2016/17, inspectors found that:

● employers and providers showed drive and ambition

● employers and providers worked well together to ensure that apprentices gained the technical

and occupational skills they needed to secure or maintain permanent employment

● employees who took on new roles through their apprenticeship often gained promotion

● apprenticeships supported young people previously not in education, employment or training (NEET) with training to get their first job.

In the providers judged requires improvement or inadequate for their apprenticeships in 2016/17, inspectors found that:

● apprentices took too long to complete their apprenticeships because employers did not value the apprenticeship enough to challenge apprentices to do better

● training providers failed to check on the work that apprentices were doing

● at work, apprentices were not able to apply what they’d learned

● other characteristics of inadequate training for apprentices included:

– no off-the-job training

– apprentices not in work or on zero-hours contracts

– employers using apprenticeships to give qualifications to employees who did not require training

– a failure to improve apprentices’ skills and qualifications in English and mathematics

– too few apprentices completing their apprenticeships

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