1. Demand better quality apprenticeshipsThe UK going it alone as an economic power will a requires a concerted drive on enhancing our competitivity and boosting our skills base. Estimates suggest that the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) worker deficit is currently over 40,000 a year. So isn’t it time we put this right? Expect businesses and government to redouble efforts to develop apprenticeships that address these gaps, including the growth of degree level apprenticeships. But they need buy-in from their key consumers: the would-be apprentices themselves.
In a post-Brexit scenario, our young people represent a valuable resource who comprise UK plc’s future talent pipeline. They should exploit their position to demand a greater say in shaping apprenticeships that are not only fit for purpose from an employer/UK competitiveness point of view but which are both vocational and aspirational for those signing up to them.