Paul Davies, Head of Policy at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), said: “The UK has seen welcome growth and investment in apprenticeships with over 450,000 new people signed up in 2010-11, up 63.5 per cent from the previous year.
“While it is concerning that some apprenticeship providers have chosen to manipulate this situation for their own means, this must not detract from the value of apprenticeships to young people and the wider economy.
“Properly accredited and approved apprenticeships provide a high-quality alternative to traditional academic routes for our future engineers who will be at the heart of rebalancing the economy.
“We urge the Government not to play a ‘numbers game’ but to seek to produce the fully qualified technicians that the UK so desperately needs for the future.”
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