Up to the job? Using the Apprenticeship Levy to tackle the UK’s post-16 education divide

Tuesday 4 April 2017 Jobs, Skills and Pay

The biggest change for in-work skills policy for decades is about to be implemented with the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy this April. The new levy and associated reforms aim to drive up the quantity of training, and in so doing to tackle both our low productivity and failure to offer sufficient high quality routes into the world of work.

The Apprenticeship Levy and wider reforms to post-16 education are an ambitious attempt to tackle these challenges, but will they succeed? How can we ensure young people from poorer backgrounds benefit? And will 16 year olds finally have a range of vocational and academic options that lead directly to good jobs and promising careers?

At an event at its headquarters, the Resolution Foundation will present new analysis of the impact of post-16 education on the labour market and on young people’s futures. A panel of experts will then debate how post-16 education can best serve the needs of young people, employers and the wider economy, before taking part in a Q&A.