This year's Queen's Speech made a number of promises around youth education and employment in the UK, focusing on GCSE's, A-levels and apprenticeships, and emphasised a commitment to 'continue to deliver the best schools and skills for young people'.
But in order to deliver on these promises for apprenticeships, Chris Jones, Chief Executive of the City & Guilds Group, believes that the Government needs to work harder to make the system more stable.
Commenting on the speech, Chris Jones said: "If we really want apprenticeships to be seen as a credible and valuable route to a career, we desperately need to see stability in the system.
We know businesses can benefit from taking on apprentices, particularly with ever-increasing skills gaps, but things keep changing around apprenticeship policy... We should be making the system easier to navigate, not harder. We need a strong, stable, consistent system that meets the needs of young people, employers and our economy."
Recent funding changes implemented by the Government run the risk of discouraging employers from taking on apprentices, which can be a cost-effective way of developing specialist skills through continuous reinforced learning. Apprenticeships can also reduce recruiting and training costs, improve retention rates and increase productivity, as well as a number of other benefits.
Find out more about the benefits of apprenticeships.