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The All Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships is a cross-party group of MPs and Peers which provides a forum for parliamentarians and employers to discuss how to promote the role of high quality apprenticeships.

About the Group

The Group works to ensure that apprenticeships serve as a pathway to a career and how the apprenticeship model can meet the changing skill demands from businesses. The Group has heard from all the top apprenticeship experts, including recent Ministers or Skills, top civil servants and business groups but most importantly from apprentices themselves.

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For further information please contact us on 0207 592 9592 or

ApprenticeshipsAPPG@connectpa.co.uk

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Co-Chair: Jonathan Gullis MP

Jonathan was elected as the Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent North, Kidsgrove and Talke in December 2019, having previously worked as a secondary school teacher in Birmingham. Jonathan was a Head of Year and was responsible for the achievement, behaviour and safety of over 250 student. Since being elected he previously sat on the Education Select Committee and recently served as Minister for School Standards in the Department for Education. Prior to his appointment as a Minister Jonathan was a long-standing officer of the APPG on Apprenticeships.

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Co-Chair: Charlotte Nichols MP

Charlotte was elected as the MP for Warrington North in December 2019, having previously worked for the GMB trade union. In Parliament, she has been a passionate advocate for apprenticeships and skills, and served as Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities between November 2020 and September 2021. Prior to and since her stint on the Labour frontbench, she has served on the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee.

Chair and Registered Contact: Charlotte Nichols

Co-Chair: Jonathan Gullis

Officer: Andrew Jones

Officer: Lord Aberdare

Member: Andy Carter MP

Member: Baroness Garden

Member: Duncan Baker MP

Member: Emma Hardy MP

Member: Ian Levy MP

Member; Lord Blunkett

Member: Lord Haskell

Member: Lord Lucas

Member: Lord Vaizey

Member: Steve Tuckwell MP

Member: Theresa Villiers MP

Member: Lord Young of Norwood Green

Member: Lord Hunt of Kings Heath

Member: Lord Baker of Dorking

Member: Lord Watson of Invergowrie

Member: Baroness Redfern

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New report published

 

The APPG on Apprenticeships has today, Tuesday 11 July, launched its latest annual report, forming part of the APPG’s effort to ensure better access to apprenticeships for both learners and employers. This is critical as we begin the build-up to the next general election.

Over the last year, the APPG has explored the opportunities and challenges currently facing apprenticeships provision in England. From the drive to net zero to reforming the Levy and encouraging more SMEs to take on apprentices, our topics have been varied and our speakers diverse. 

Their insights have informed the basis of the report, which presents a series of policy recommendations to improve the delivery of apprenticeships, support SMEs to provide opportunities and ensure better access to apprenticeships for learners and employers. 
 

Commenting on the report launch, Charlotte Nichols MP and Jonathan Gullis MP, Co-Chairs of the APPG, said:

 

“It is our pleasure to present the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships’ annual report for 2022-23. 

 

“In a year that has brought us three Prime Ministers and three Secretaries of State for Education, it has been a fascinating time for us both to hear from the huge variety of speakers who have joined our meetings.

 

“This report gathers evidence from our sessions, in addition to data and case studies from some of the UK’s top apprentice employers, to look to the future of apprenticeships provision. It is clear from our findings that further flexibility is needed when it comes to the Levy if we are to continue to see businesses, particularly SMEs, employ and train apprentices to meet the skills needs of the future.

 

“We will continue in our work to promote best practice for apprenticeships policy, bringing diverse and experienced voices to the table and building cross-party consensus on this most vital of education debates.”

Read Full Report.

Upcoming event:
APPG on Apprenticeships | Third Sector Apprenticeships

Date: Wednesday 8 May

Time: 15:00 – 16:00

Venue: Portcullis House & via Zoomn

he session will examine the value of apprenticeships in the voluntary sector, especially as a mechanism to increasing entry points and social mobility. Apprenticeships have the potential to transform the culture in third-sector organisations.  The panel discussion will be an opportunity to set out how employers in the third sector, educational providers and Government can increase the take up of apprenticeships in the voluntary sector. 

This event will held in person at the House of Commons and broadcast live via Zoom. Please use the below form to sign up to receive joining details, which will be distributed shortly before the event.  

If you have any questions, please contact ApprenticeshipsAPPG@connectpa.co.uk.

Please note for in person attendees, the room will open to Parliamentarians only from 14:45-15:00 as the APPG Apprenticeships will be holding it’s AGM.

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