Government fails on apprenticeships

Lord Andrew Adonis has revealed;

“In parliamentary replies to me last week, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills – the department responsible for apprenticeships – revealed that four of its largest agencies – the Ordnance Survey, the Met Office, Companies House and the Land Registry – have no apprentices – not one – between them, and only four – yes, four – staff under the age of 21 between them. That is no apprentices, and four staff under the age of 21, out of a total staff of nearly 9,000. At the last count BIS itself had only one apprentice under the age of 21, out of a staff of 2,500.

If the state does not lead in creating apprenticeships and employing staff under 21, how can it expect the private sector to follow?”

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