Kyle and Danielle, as apprentices studying and working under the newly reformed apprenticeship system, were able to offer a perspective on FE that many do not have. It was therefore very encouraging to see the APPG for Skills and Employment seek out their views and listen so attentively to their concerns.
YMCA Training has recently submitted evidence of our own to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee Inquiry into Higher Education, Further Education, and Vocational Training, including seven calls to action that we believe could transform FE provision. We also produced a manifesto of asks over the 2017 General Election period and have lobbied extensively over the reform period to ensure the apprenticeship system is as good as it can be.
We plan to continue to give our insights to policy-makers regarding how best to ensure that FE works for young people, and hope that those driving reforms continue to seek out the views of young people who have experienced how the apprenticeship reform system is working in practice.