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Letter to the editor - Apprenticeships Programme: the case for reform

30 July 2019

Dear editor,

We must take the appointment of Gavin Williamson as Secretary of State for Education and his commitment to lead on the skills brief as an opportunity to reform the Apprenticeships Programme to increase productivity and social mobility in the United Kingdom.

The U.K. doesn’t have strong track-record when it comes to investing in skills and higher-level skills in particular. In fact, our 2018 Mind the Skills Gap research revealed that one in four UK workers was not participating in any in-work training. 

We must better support current workers to reskill and upskill throughout their careers, not just at the start of their working lives, if we want to make the most of the digital revolution and boost our country’s productivity. This is why we need to review our national and education and skills policies, in particular the Apprenticeships Programme as it currently stands, to expand to provide for reskilling and lifelong learning, and continue to fund higher-level apprenticeships.

Yours sincerely, 

Andrew Harding
Chief Executive – Management Accounting 
The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, part of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants