On the 6th of April , one year after the levy was introduced, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Bertelsmann-Stiftung, and the Education Policy Institute held a major conference on the future of apprenticeships policy.
The conference saw the launch of a timely report, Apprenticeship training in England – a cost-effective model for firms? . Authored by internationally renowned economist, Stefan Wolter, head of the Centre for Research in Economics of Education at the University of Bern, the report analyses whether employers would benefit from provision models similar to those in place in Switzerland, using a range of data from Switzerland and England. Conclusions also build on discussions with English employers in 10 different occupations.
The key findings, and full report, can be read here.
Alongside the launch of the report, and analysis of the findings from Stefan Wolter, the conference also saw presentations on students’ returns from apprenticeships (Chiara Cavaglia, London School of Economics) and on the effects of having longer apprenticeships (Stefan Speckesser, National Institute of Economic and Social Research).
You can download the presentations here:
- ‘Apprenticeships for young people in England: Is there a payoff?‘, Chiara Cavaglia
- ‘The longer the better? The impact of the 2012 apprenticeship reform in England on achievement and other outcomes‘, Stefan Speckesser
The conference also featured a keynote speech from Neil Carberry of the Confederation of British Industry, along with a panel discussion on current apprenticeship policy in England one year after the levy was introduced – including Phillip Paige (JP Morgan), Andrea Haug (John Lewis), Simon Ashworth (Association of Employment and Learning Providers), Kathleen Henehan (Resolution Foundation), and Stefan Wolter. A gallery can be viewed below.
EPI would like to thank JP Morgan for supporting this event.