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Guest editorial Transforming the perception of apprenticeships in England: professional careers in the public sector Public sector resilience and learning in the context of COVID-19 There is some evidence that provision of apprenticeships in England has been significantly affected by the pandemic, for example, the Sutton Trust has indicated that: As of early April, employers surveyed reported that on average just 39% of apprenticeships were continuing as normal, with 36% having been furloughed and 8% made redundant. 17% of apprentices had their off-the-job learning suspended. (Doherty and Cullinane, 2020) However, despite this context, providers in England have seen growth in public sector apprenticeships, for example one large provider reported that: Whereas, as a provider, we traditionally see 10 to 15 per cent of total starts being from the public sector, April has seen this jump to almost 60 percent. (Linford, 2020) There is also some evidence that higher and degree apprenticeships in the public sector may have been less affected with providers continuing to recruit apprenticeship starts at the height of lockdown (Linford, 2020). If we consider the roles that public sector higher and degree apprenticeships fulfil, it is perhaps unsurprising that planned starts have been relatively unaffected. Think of nursing http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Higher Education Skills and Work-based Learning Emerald Publishing

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Emerald Publishing
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© Emerald Publishing Limited
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2042-3896
DOI
10.1108/heswbl-11-2020-172
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Abstract

Transforming the perception of apprenticeships in England: professional careers in the public sector Public sector resilience and learning in the context of COVID-19 There is some evidence that provision of apprenticeships in England has been significantly affected by the pandemic, for example, the Sutton Trust has indicated that: As of early April, employers surveyed reported that on average just 39% of apprenticeships were continuing as normal, with 36% having been furloughed and 8% made redundant. 17% of apprentices had their off-the-job learning suspended. (Doherty and Cullinane, 2020) However, despite this context, providers in England have seen growth in public sector apprenticeships, for example one large provider reported that: Whereas, as a provider, we traditionally see 10 to 15 per cent of total starts being from the public sector, April has seen this jump to almost 60 percent. (Linford, 2020) There is also some evidence that higher and degree apprenticeships in the public sector may have been less affected with providers continuing to recruit apprenticeship starts at the height of lockdown (Linford, 2020). If we consider the roles that public sector higher and degree apprenticeships fulfil, it is perhaps unsurprising that planned starts have been relatively unaffected. Think of nursing

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Higher Education Skills and Work-based LearningEmerald Publishing

Published: Nov 27, 2020

Keywords: Guest Editorial

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