CIPHE calls for protection for apprentices

Apprentices and their employers need help from the government to avoid job losses due to the lockdown, the CIPHE has warned.

With colleges closed and firms under pressure from lost business and reductions in furlough funding, concerns have been raised that apprenticeships and training budgets could be early casualties.

The CIPHE has called on ministers and the Education and Skills Funding Agency to make sure trainees can finish their courses and training providers are supported.

CIPHE chief executive officer Kevin Wellman said: “We have seen in past recessions that apprenticeships are halted. This impacts on trainees now and creates a skills shortage in the future. This is something that cannot be overlooked.”

It came as a report commissioned by West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson warned cuts in training would hit school-leavers hardest. The report, A Future Generation’s Deal, called for extra funding to prevent youth unemployment.

Jamieson warned: “As the year progresses, we could see large numbers of young people find that they have very limited opportunity for paid employment once the lockdown is lifted. In my view, this is a ticking time bomb.”

The Department for Education and Skills said: “The government is committed to supporting apprentices, and employers continue to build the skills capabilities the country needs now and in the future.”

Read more about apprenticeships in the industry here.

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