Both major parties have promised more money to help boost apprenticeship numbers, including by providing incentives to employers. But history shows this isn't the best way to spend public dollars.
If you're confused about all the millions and billions thrown around for education by the two major parties, here's the low-down on what the policies actually mean.
While the purpose of education can't be reduced to promoting economic growth, every child out of school represents both lost opportunities — and huge economic costs — for countries.
The skills shortage in the foundry sector shows there is a continuing demand for "traditional" trades.
Worries about the loss of low-skilled labour risk obscuring a genuine flaw in the UK economy at the upper end of the scale.
The so-called 'crisis' has united both sides of politics, employers and trade unions, but wrongly conflates apprenticeships and traineeships to skew the picture.
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.
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.
Was Jacqui Lambie correct to say apprenticeships are going "wayside" and that there are more than one million 457 work visa holders in Australia?
According to Team Remain, there's a jobs bonanza around the corner if the UK stays in the union.
Why the decline in the number of Australians undertaking apprenticeships? What can be done to address it?
Many young people are part of the precariat – in low-paid insecure work.
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.
From September, all children will have to study five core academic subjects at GCSE. But the CBI thinks the exams should be phased out.
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.
The Lib Dems address key issues in skills and apprenticeships, but our expert takes issue with some of their policies.
Conservatives throw quality and status out of the door in bid to increase apprenticeships.