Following the publication of the BIS Select Committee report into Apprenticeships, David Way, Chief Executive of the National Apprenticeship Service said:
“NAS welcomes this detailed and comprehensive report.
“We are pleased the Committee recognises our success in increasing the number of Apprenticeships with over half a million starts in the past year. Throughout this period of unprecedented growth, employer and individual satisfaction with Apprenticeships has remained high.
“Working closely with the Skills Funding Agency we have reviewed quality across the Apprenticeship programme. Together, we have raised standards and taken strong action to tackle any poor provision.
“We will continue to work hard to ensure that Apprenticeships offer an excellent return on investment for the public purse as well as meeting the needs of the growing number of employers who offer Apprenticeship opportunities, and encouraging even more employers to become involved.
“In partnership with employers and other key audiences we will actively promote Apprenticeships as a prestigious and positive choice for young people who are considering their career opportunities.