Apprenticeships are a key government policy to support transition to the labour market, social mobility, economic growth and improved productivity. While evidence shows that the benefits to apprentices, to businesses and to our wider economy and society are considerable, too many people are missing out. Those needing to work part-time or flexibly – including parents, people with caring responsibilities or those with disabilities – are effectively excluded, not by a lack of ambition, but by a lack of opportunity.
This paper investigates the feasibility and scalability of part-time and flexible models of apprenticeships. It is based on research conducted by Learning and Work Institute and Timewise with learners and employees with commitments that make the traditional full-time model untenable, and with employers, training providers, and other key stakeholders. The research has been supported by the Young Women’s Trust and Trust for London.