Passing on the craft to the next generation

The future has its roots in the past, but what happens if the past disappears? This is what is worrying Jonathan Mitchell, Deputy Director of the Portfolio & Partnerships division at the UK’s Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

“There has been a longstanding fall in the prestige of apprenticeships over the last 60 years, mainly because of poor quality training, which has dented employer and learner confidence,” he says.

“Intergenerational learning is the whole point of apprenticeships. It’s often overlooked, but it’s a key aspect of what we do and that’s why for the past five years we’ve been working to introduce reforms to lift the quality of apprenticeships. I believe that’s one of the reasons why we’re now seeing more and more interest in these courses,”

This problem affects not only the United Kingdom, but other European countries, too.

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This article was written by Sara Pasino is an Italian freelance journalist and documentary reporter. She holds an MA in International Journalism at Cardiff University and her work mainly focuses on social justice, human rights, politics, and the environment.