Last week, the government announced that from autumn, young people will be able to use UCAS to search and apply for apprenticeships.
But the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has expressed that although this is a great start, more needs to be done on reforming the apprenticeship system.
REC’s director of campaigns, Shazia Ejaz, explained, “Education Secretary Gillian Keegan’s commitment to expanding apprenticeships and vocational education pathways is welcome but we hope this announcement today is not the finished article on reform of the Apprenticeship system and in particular the Apprenticeship Levy.
“Making it easier for young people to consider vocational training through UCAS is a positive move. But we need to broaden the access to the money from the Apprenticeship Levy that businesses pay into. Employers need that to help them recruit in a time of huge labour and skills shortages.”