Apprenticeships form one of the four main learning routes for young people aged 14-19, and will play a critical role in achieving 100 per cent participation under the Raising of the Participation Age from 2013. Significant numbers of young people, however, continue to experience barriers to accessing and succeeding in Apprenticeships.

Opening the door to apprenticeships is the first of two linked publications. This first report investigates the scale of the issues faced by young people who are disadvantaged and disengaged from apprenticeships in accessing and succeeding in these opportunities.

The second report looks at potential solutions to enable more effective policy and practice responses.

We have created a glossary to clarify some of the key terminology used within the ‘Opening Doors to Apprenticeships’ publications. Some of these concepts have various and often disputed meanings and this document provides a description of what is meant in this particular context.

Education & Employment

Posted on: 1 February 2010 Authors: Bethia McNeil, Dr Marcia Brophy,


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