Ofsted has labelled apprenticeships the “weakest education provision” in the UK, with one in ten providers being judged as “inadequate”.
In its annual report for 2019-20, the watchdog said 24% of new providers that were inspected received at least one insufficient progress judgement, which was put down to “weak leadership and a lack of co-development of the curriculum with employers”.
According to the report, 36% of apprentices were furloughed over the course of the year, 8% were made redundant and 17% had their off-the-job learning suspended.
Apprentices have been identified by the watchdog as having missed out the most on their education because of Covid-19 restrictions.
As of 31 August, there were nearly 1,900 providers that were publicly funded and delivering education, training and/or apprenticeships, a drop of 2% compared to the same time in 2019.