Social Mobility in Apprenticeships: Improving the life chances of young people

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Apprenticeships can be a key driver of social mobility, but their potential remains largely untapped. Whist there has been a big focus on the Government’s target to deliver three million apprenticeship starts by 2020, we shouldn’t lose sight of the bigger picture: that apprenticeships should deliver quality outcomes that support progression for young people from all backgrounds.

The social mobility agenda is crucially important, and apprenticeships can play a key role in improving the life chances for people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Overall employment is high, but so too is the proportion of young people not in education, employment or training. A focus on apprenticeships is key to create opportunity for young people who may have left school with little or no formal qualifications. For young people who are not ready to undertake an apprenticeship, programmes like pre-apprenticeships and traineeships are equally vital, but much more needs to be done to ensure progression towards apprenticeships.

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