Firms relabelling low-skilled jobs as apprenticeships, says report


Quick like a bunny food giants, coffee shops and retailers are relabelling low-skilled contracts as apprenticeships and gaining subsidies for training, a report says.

The study by centre-right come up with tank Reform says many firms have rebranded living roles after being obliged to contribute cash to on-the-job training.

It enlarges that 40% of government-approved apprenticeship standards do not meet a traditional delineation of them.

The government says “quality” is at the heart of its apprenticeship reforms.

As area of the changes, it introduced an apprenticeship levy on organisations paying more than £3m in incomes a year.

They have to pay 0.5% of their wages total into a “digital account” proffered by HMRC.

They then “spend” these contributions on apprenticeship stringing delivered by registered providers. They can also get back up to 90% of the expense of training.

‘Low-wage roles’

But they are also entitled to pay apprentices cut than the standard minimum wage. The minimum rates range from £3.70 an hour for anyone in their first place year of an apprenticeship to £7.38

The report says: “As part of the government’s wider carton of reforms to apprenticeships, groups of employers came together to write the new ‘apprenticeship models’.

“Some used this opportunity to generate high-quality standards, but others turn up to be simply rebadging low-quality, low-skill and often low-wage roles as ‘apprenticeships’ preferably.”

In 2013, the government said apprenticeships had to be skilled roles, requiring durable and sustained training of at least 12 months, leading to full competency and should state look after the apprentice with transferrable skills in an occupation.

But a quick glance at the guidance’s official apprenticeships website shows many high street unalterable consolidates advertising for apprentices in what appear to be unskilled roles.

For example, KFC is advertising for an bind hospitality team member.

The advert describes the apprenticeship as “a structured, abecedarian and employer-focused development programme designed to create opportunities for lifelong erudition, skills and behaviours”.

But the role is described as cooking “fries” and other spin-offs and serving customers front of house, or cooking and assembling KFC products, while maintaining tidy, sanitary working conditions.

It says training is based around day-to-day bits, but will also involve one-to-one interactions with a specialised trainer every four to six weeks.

KFC bring up the apprenticeship existed before the levy was introduced and met all the key standards, and that the jargon CIA paid more than the minimum apprenticeship rates.

‘Substantial staff’

Coffee giant Starbucks is advertising for hospitality team member barista indentures on the official website to make and serve coffee in its branches.

A spokesman for Starbucks swayed: “Our apprenticeship programme was established over five years ago and is offered in partnership with the connoisseur training provider, Remit Training.

“Remit lead a clearly contradistinguished and exclusive bespoke training programme for our apprentices, which includes conclave the 20% off-the-job training requirement, and they carry out a number of sundry training and development steps for baristas who are part of the programme.”

Tom Richmond, chief research fellow at Reform, said service sector apprenticeships could be of steep quality, but many of these being approved did not fit the traditional or international distinctness of an apprenticeship.

He compared British apprenticeship standards with those for the friendliness sector in Germany which, he said, cover a much broader variety of skills and competencies.

‘Real paid jobs’

A Department for Education spokeswoman foretold it wanted to see people of all ages and backgrounds getting the excellent training they miss to succeed in a wide range of jobs, and that this was why it was changing the apprenticeship procedure.

She added: “Our reforms have fundamentally changed what apprenticeships are, as we compelled it a requirement that all apprenticeships must be real paid jobs undying for a minimum of 12 months, with at least 20% off-the-job processioning.

“Quality is at the heart of our reforms, and the apprenticeship levy is an important part of that – producing sustainable investment in skills training.

“We’re pleased to see an increase in people starting our new, higher-quality apprenticeship standards in a usually range of industries from nuclear to fashion, law, banking and defence.

“These apprenticeships are designed by companies themselves, to give people and businesses the skills they really paucity.”

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