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The All Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships is a cross-party group of MPs and Peers which provides a forum for parliamentarians and employers to discuss how to promote the role of high quality apprenticeships.

About the Group

The Group works to ensure that apprenticeships serve as a pathway to a career and how the apprenticeship model can meet the changing skill demands from businesses. The Group has heard from all the top apprenticeship experts, including recent Ministers or Skills, top civil servants and business groups but most importantly from apprentices themselves.

New report published

The APPG on Apprenticeships have today, Wednesday 21 July, published its report, calling on the Government to ensure that high-quality apprenticeships are accessible for all.

Findings from the report reveal that apprenticeships have the potential to drive the UK’s recovery from the pandemic, but they are currently being underused. In order to maximise their impact, the Government’s initiatives must be underpinned by sustainable funding, joined-up policies across Government Departments, and meaningful incentives to support individuals and businesses.

The APPG on Apprenticeships’ annual report, sets out 10 recommendations to avoid mass unemployment and deliver job creation at this pivotal moment for our economy.

Read full report.

Group Chair

Co-Chair: Emma Hardy MP, Labour, Hull West and Hessle

Emma was elected in 2017 and as a former primary school teacher, Emma has always had long-standing interest in education. She was a member of the Education Select Committee from 2017 until 2019. In 2019, Emma was appointed as Shadow Secretary of State for Higher and Further Education and has been a passionate advocate for apprenticeships and further education. Emma works to highlight the improved social mobility and support to regional economies that apprenticeships can provide.


Co-Chair: Jack Lopresti MP
Conservative, Filton and Bradley Stoke

Jack Lopresti was first elected as MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke in 2010. He has had a long and varied career as a local councillor and army reservist, after working in his family ice cream business for over ten years after leaving school. Jack Lopresti has served on the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, Armed Forces Bill Committee and Defence Committee. Jack was the Chair of the APPG on Apprenticeships in 2015 and has frequently advocated for apprentices in the House of Commons.


Information on all the group’s officers can be found here.

Call for Evidence

Supporting apprenticeships in the Ministry of Defence – assessing the quality, progression, and potential

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships has today (12 February), launched an inquiry into supporting apprenticeships in the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The MoD offers a range of exciting opportunities in developing apprenticeships for people of all ages and progressing the skills acquired into long-term career prospects.

The APPG’s call for evidence will look at what steps need to be taken to ensure that apprenticeships in the MoD continue to play a prominent role in the future. With the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force ranking in the top 10 of the country’s most outstanding apprenticeship employers for 2020, there is a drive and ambition that must be recognised and celebrated.

The APPG’s call for evidence will explore the sector in further detail and the benefits of apprenticeships in the MoD.

Jack Lopresti MP, Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships said:

“I’m pleased to announce that the APPG on Apprenticeships is launching an inquiry into supporting apprenticeships in the Ministry of Defence (MoD). There are some fantastic opportunities that we are keen to understand and hope to learn more about.

“I believe that the MoD has a prominent role to play in achieving the Government’s levelling-up ambitions and supporting the UK’s economic recovery. As an APPG, we want to hear from organisations involved with the MoD, and how apprenticeships have supported career development. It is crucial we understand the quality of the apprenticeship system available, the opportunities to hand and the long-term ambitions for the future.

“We are keen to hear from leaders in the MoD, trade associations, contractors, charities, regulators, local government representatives and many more, to understand what needs to be done to ensure apprenticeships in the MoD continue to play a prominent role for the future.”

The APPG is inviting written submissions to inform this inquiry.

Submissions should be a maximum of two pages and submitted via

It should focus on but not be limited to:

  • Understanding of the current apprenticeship system in the MoD– how they provide their apprenticeships, the proportion of apprenticeships in operational and non-operational roles, qualifications, number of careers currently available
  • The quality of apprenticeships in the armed forces and the opportunities available within the MoD – including aerospace, manufacturing, logistics and operational services
  • The progression of apprenticeships in the armed forces and the careers they lead to, exploring transferrable skills obtained
  • The future of apprenticeships and long term-ambitions of the MoD
  • The MoD’s potential to support and create high-skills jobs in the UK through apprenticeships
  • Opportunities and challenges of the MoD apprenticeship system

The APPG is also requesting case studies, statistics and any best practice examples of apprenticeships in the sector.

The deadline for written submissions is Friday 17th September at 17:00.

News & Views

Apprenticeships in a post-Brexit world

Despite years of repeated warm words and commitments, it’s clear the Government has failed to resolve the skills crisis facing UK plc, with studies suggesting as many as nine out of ten firms across the country struggle to recruit the skilled workforce they need.

Even with the highest level of unemployment and lowest level of employment of any English region, many businesses in my own part of the world – the North East – continue to report difficulties in recruiting the right staff, and regularly raise concerns about the mismatch that persists between the skills available in the labour market and the needs of local firms.

Read More

View the The All Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships Updates Archive »

Group Sponsors

Group materials


Annual Report 2020-2021

Annual Report 2019-2020

Toolkit: Organising an Apprenticeships Fair

Annual Report 2018-2019

Apprenticeships APPG Annual Report 2017-2018

Toolkit: Helping SMEs hire more apprentices Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships APPG Annual Report 2015-2016


Hindering or Helping? The impact of T-Levels and FE Reform on apprenticeships and upskilling, March 2021

Ask the Apprentice Panel to mark National Apprenticeships Week, February 2021

AGM & How do we ensure that apprenticeships help young people into employment as the UK continues its economic recovery?, January 2021

How organisations have adapted virtually to create quality apprenticeships, December 2020

How do apprenticeships support career progression?, October 2020

Apprenticeships Careers Advice in Schools, February 2020

AGM & Careers Post-Apprenticeship, January 2020

Lessons from abroad, sharing best practice (AGM), October 2019

Apprenticeships and the Public Sector: Health, June 2019

Devolution and Apprenticeships, June 2019

The Apprentice Levy, Two Years on, April 2019

Diversity, Disability and Apprenticeships – what more needs to be done to support people with disabilities into apprenticeships, March 2019

Apprentice Panel to Mark National Apprenticeships Week, March 2019

Parents, teachers, friends – Raising the esteem of apprenticeships in education, February 2019

4IR and career development – What skills do we need in education to prepare future generations, January 2019

4IR and the Workforce, November 2018

Brexit: Opportunities and Challenges, October 2018

March 2018 meeting minutes

Apprenticeships APPG meeting on SMEs, February 2018

DFT Year of Engineering – how can we get more women into engineering apprenticeships and other sectors?, January 2018


Income and expenditure statement for All-Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships for 2020-2021

Income and expenditure statement for All-Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships for 2018-2019

Income and expenditure statement for All-Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships for 2017-2018

Income and expenditure statement for All-Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships for 2015-2016

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