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Policy report: Apprenticeships—how to provide the vocational training Britain needs

Can we deliver on a decades-long promise?

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Follow politics for long enough and there are phrases you lose faith in: “rebalance the economy,” “reboot manufacturing,” “build more homes.” All these are slogans that politicians of all stripes, sometimes with the best of intentions, have struggled to deliver on for 20 years or more. But “upgrade Britain’s vocational training” is in a category of its own. Since—at least—the Royal Commission set up by Prince Albert in 1851, the UK has fretted that it isn’t matching competitors such as Germany in training the…

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