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As John Cole comes to the third and final part of his series on apprenticeship he looks at apprenticeship in the 21st Century. Many young people have ‘served their time’ in the workshops of Rolls Royce but today Modern Apprenticeships put emphasis on ‘competence’ not ‘time served’. As John Cole discovered when he visited Rolls Royce - today’s apprentices sit National Vocational Qualifications rather than sign indentures.
Steve Mason, head of IT in a Blackburn hospital, had always believed that Britain would suffer from the decline in apprenticeship 20 years ago. He had himself, ‘served his time’ in an engineering firm and he was able to put that experience to good use when he took on Gareth Grundy as a Modern Apprentice. Since the programme was recorded, Gareth has got a job as a Junior Technical Support Officer at the hospital – a direct result of his Modern Apprenticeship.
However there are concerns about Modern Apprenticeships. Many young people are not completing their apprenticeship. In some years the success rate in service trades has been as low as one quarter. Academics who make the comparison between the apprenticeship system in the UK and the apprenticeship system in Germany feel that employers are not taking responsibility for training. John Cole speaks to Ivan Lewis the minister for Adult and Learning Skills.
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Professor Lorna Unwin, Centre for Labour Market Studies, research project on apprenticeship is part of an ESRC funded research network on Improving Incentives for Workplace Learning.
Centre for Labour Market Studies at the University of Leicester looking at training, human resource development and vocational education.
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