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BBC News, 13 April 2018

Tom Richmond, Senior Research Fellow at Reform, appeared on BBC News Live this morning to discuss findings from Reform‘s latest report on the apprenticeship levyThe great training robbery: assessing the first year of the apprenticeship levy.

He discussed the issue that 40% of apprenticeships don’t meet historical or current international definitions of apprenticeships, as they are low-quality and low-skilled. Greater quality control is needed.

BBC Radio 4 Today programme, 13 April 2018

Tom Richmond, Senior Research Fellow at Reform, appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme to discuss the findings of Reform‘s latest reportThe great training robbery: assessing the first year of the apprenticeship levy.

He discussed the fact that some apprenticeships are low-skill and low-quality, around 40% are not up to the international standard, and that better rules need to be put in place by government to combat this.

Listen to the full episode here (Tom’s interview comes in at around 51 minutes 23 seconds into the programme).

BBC Radio Essex, 13 April 2018

Tom Richmond, Senior Research Fellow at Reform, appeared on BBC Radio Essex to discuss the findings of Reform‘s latest report, The great training robbery: assessing the first year of the apprenticeship levy.

He discussed the fact that apprenticeships should be high quality, last for 2 – 3 years and be aimed at young people who can get into a skilled job at the start of their careers. Unfortunately, around 40% of current ‘apprenticeships’ are low-quality and low-skilled or, at the other end, management courses are being relabelled as apprenticeships. By 2020, the government will be paying around £600 million on these kinds of courses, which is a waste of money. Government needs to put in place much stronger rules about what an apprenticeship should look like.

BBC Radio London, 13 April 2018

Tom Richmond, Senior Research Fellow at Reform, appeared on BBC Radio London to discuss the findings of Reform‘s latest report, The great training robbery: assessing the first year of the apprenticeship levy.

Hundreds of millions of pounds in subsidies are available to companies that provide an apprenticeship. Around 40% of current apprenticeships don’t meet the international definitions of an apprenticeship which is unfair on young people. More robust definitions are needed from the government to prevent companies being able to take advantage of loopholes.

BBC Radio Berkshire, 13 April 2018

Tom Richmond, Senior Research Fellow at Reform, appeared on BBC Radio Berkshire to discuss the findings of Reform‘s latest report, The great training robbery: assessing the first year of the apprenticeship levy.

He discussed findings from our report including the issue of low-quality, low-skilled ‘apprenticeships’ being offered by some companies. More rigorous definitions of what an apprenticeship is needs to be provided by the government to address this.

Progress Online, 13 April 2018

Luke Heselwood, Researcher at Reform, wrote an article for Progress Online on why investment in digital skills is vital to ensure we are prepared for the fourth industrial revolution.

As work changes, policymakers need to respond to ensure that all benefit. As automation affects different regions differently, targeted approaches from local leaders and public services are crucial. Innovative leaders are grappling with this in pockets; its high time these approaches were spread across the country.

Read the full article here.

Glint, 10 April 2018

Sarah Timmis, Researcher at Reform, wrote an article for Glint about technology in the UK’s criminal justice system and how it can save police time, make the legal process more efficient and help build citizen confidence in the system.

Read the full article here

Prospect Magazine, 26 March 2018

Alexander Hitchcock, Research Manager at Reform, wrote an article for Prospect Magazine following the publication of our new report on the potential benefits of technology for blue light services. In this article, Alexander argues that better data on prisoners’ needs are necessary to deliver effective rehabilitation services.

You can read the full article here.