It has never been clearer to me that the way out of this Covid crisis is by properly supporting apprenticeships, but the Government is failing in this by every measure.
To say I was disappointed to read that the number of apprenticeships has plummeted to its lowest level in 10 years is an understatement.
We are literally back where we started when I worked with David Cameron and George Osborne to change the way people thought about apprenticeships.
Boris and Co need to get a grip quickly and push training schemes to the head of their thinking while shifting focus from this misty-eyed obsession with bailing out boozers and restaurants, many of which will go to the wall anyway.
It’s a deeply personal matter for me, obviously. Having started out as an apprentice myself I know the fantastic opportunities it gave me – and countless others.
Now, it’s frustrating to … Read the rest