In January 2008, the government published World Class Apprenticeships: Unlocking Talent, Building Skills for All, which set out ambitious plans for Apprenticeships with the aim that one in five young people aged 16 to 18 will be apprentices by 2020. The review also announced plans to guarantee an Apprenticeship place to all suitably qualified 16-18 year olds by 2013.

The Apprenticeship Pathfinder Project, funded by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), supported three partner local authorities in Hertfordshire, South Tyneside and Manchester in achieving the government’s aspirations for Apprenticeships for 16-18 year olds.

This report forms part of the initial scoping of the Apprenticeship Pathfinder Project, and provides a snapshot of research into the way apprentices and Apprenticeships are perceived by employers, parents and young people in three local authorities.

Education & Employment

Posted on: 1 July 2009 Authors: Bethia McNeil, Dr Marcia Brophy,


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