Worries about the loss of low-skilled labour risk obscuring a genuine flaw in the UK economy at the upper end of the scale.
When separating out apprenticeships and traineeships, it becomes clear that apprenticeships are not in crisis.
The so-called 'crisis' has united both sides of politics, employers and trade unions, but wrongly conflates apprenticeships and traineeships to skew the picture.
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The double-whammy of Brexit and the withdrawal of healthcare-student bursaries will cause massive shortfalls in NHS staff.
Nursing apprenticeships didn't work out the first time and now they're back, and pose a risk to patients.
Welcome to further education – unloved cousin of schools and universities.
The Goodwood Revival is a celebration of classic cars and the art of keeping them on the road and race track. Sadly, it is a dying art.
The plan involves establishing two educational tracks for students to take.
England's apprenticeship levy will require employers with a payroll of over £3 million (A$5.2 million) to spend 0.5% of that on approved apprenticeships.
Jacqui Lambie said on Q&A that apprenticeship numbers were going ‘wayside’.
Was Jacqui Lambie correct to say apprenticeships are going "wayside" and that there are more than one million 457 work visa holders in Australia?
Which way best?
According to Team Remain, there's a jobs bonanza around the corner if the UK stays in the union.
Data on apprenticeship and traineeship take up among school-completers provides evidence of decline.
Why the decline in the number of Australians undertaking apprenticeships? What can be done to address it?
The new precariat.
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Many young people are part of the precariat – in low-paid insecure work.
Engine of growth.
The way the UK thinks about workplaces and workers means that those learning a trade are at a disadvantage. And that's bad news as we attempt to add 3m apprentices to the mix.
All 16-year-olds will now have to sit five academic subjects at GCSE.
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From September, all children will have to study five core academic subjects at GCSE. But the CBI thinks the exams should be phased out.
Ghana’s education system has been slammed in a new global report. Could making schools more culturally savvy fix the problem?
Critics of Ghana's education system suggest that making local cultural values a fundamental part of the education system will create a happier, more harmonious society.
Nick Clegg comes bearing good will, and costly policies.
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The Lib Dems address key issues in skills and apprenticeships, but our expert takes issue with some of their policies.
More apprentices but are they better off?
Conservatives throw quality and status out of the door in bid to increase apprenticeships.
Miliband’s skills policy: a pathway to a career, or a dead end?
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Labour should be commended for its commitment to high-quality apprenticeships, but it's hard to say if the party's policies are part of a pathway, or a dead end.
A crisis is looming.
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Funding cuts of up to 24% for adult education should provoke a re-imagining of how it is organised.
Coalition ministers never miss out on a photo op with apprentices. Vince Cable is no exception.
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Vince Cable and the coalition often shout about the success of the apprenticeship drive. Are they right?
The case for apprenticeships – to a degree.
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It’s a lovely word: apprenticeship. It conjures up images of halcyon days gone by, when young men learned their skills from a master craftsman or technician over a lengthy period of time. Apprenticeships…