Youth Employment UK is supporting the Level 2 Business Support Apprenticeship standard proposal and have just responded to the consultation in favour of it.
We are asking our network to do the same. The deadline is the 26th May.
We believe that there is a pressing need for the Institute of Apprenticeships and the Department for Education to recognise the importance that Level 2 Apprenticeships play in social mobility and the economy.
10’s of thousands of young people every year do not achieve the necessary grades at GCSE to be able to move on to Level 3 pathways. By narrowing the Level 2 Apprenticeship offer the government has cut off an opportunity for young people to progress in a way that suits their needs and ambitions.
In the Youth Voice Census 66% of young people said that the learning style their school offered suited them, those that disagreed said it was either too academic or they felt unable to choose something they wanted to do. Compared to 73% of young people undertaking an apprenticeship who said their apprenticeship prepared them for their next steps which may well be further education, training or career progression, this tells us that Level 2 Apprenticeships could meet young people’s learning and progression needs.
As a small employer we would confidently be able to support this Apprenticeship Standard within our business, providing a great learning and work opportunity to a young person from our local community.
“I believe that it is a massive oversight from the Department not to have protected the Level 2 Standard. Every conference, discussion and research paper on social mobility and youth employment tells us that having quality apprenticeships, vocational and academic options at every level is the balance that is required to meet the needs of all young people . Yet here we are actually fighting for a Standard that would benefit thousands of young people as it has done in the past.” Laura-Jane Rawlings, Youth Employment UK, CEO