BBC Radio Essex, 13 April 2018

Tom Richmond, Senior Research Fellow at Reform, appeared on BBC Radio Essex to discuss the findings of Reform‘s latest reportThe great training robbery: assessing the first year of the apprenticeship levy.

He discussed the fact that apprenticeships should be high quality, last for 2 – 3 years and be aimed at young people who can get into a skilled job at the start of their careers. Unfortunately, around 40% of current ‘apprenticeships’ are low-quality and low-skilled or, at the other end, management courses are being relabelled as apprenticeships. By 2020, the government will be paying around £600 million on these kinds of courses, which is a waste of money. Government needs to put in place much stronger rules about what an apprenticeship should look like.