From @hoodedman1187. I asked him to blog it, but he’s shy. I was going to plagiarise the tweets, but the tweet stream is coherent. His views on ‘apprenticeships’, which I wholeheartedly agree with. And in a town where the last of the time served apprentices is turning 40, and remembers being scathing about the YTS schemes, at a time when those YTS schemes look like golden opportunities, I thought I would share them. In a country where all our parties are committed to somehow creating full employment using welfare, I think they are worth reading.
Its the Oxbridge forged career civil servants who love to promote the
#Apprenticeship “brand” and the “wrap around” it provides them
But know this … its not just “the government”, its the machinery of government.Not Ministers who enthuse about the
I am sad and spent now. That Twitterspunk cost me half a bottle of wine and dredging up more bile from my endless well of bitterness.
@lisaansell3 Oh if only it were that simple. You can rewrite my spews and win the Pullitzer, I will not sue.
@lisaansell3 I am no good at blog. I either spew in the moment or re-write forever.
#Apprenticeship in a Global, Flexible, NeoLiberal, Credit Dependent system is a hollow, anachronistic #WORTHLESSpromise
… how on earth can that possibly be part of a capitalism that is demanding flexible labour, short termism, deregulation … It Can’t
Think about it … Historically Apprenticeship is a training for a life in a craft or trade, with development and security …
and they can do this because people still think an Apprenticeship has a value based on the historical context it was forged in.
In bad times, like the youth training agenda of the 80s, they are a panacea for all ills, part of the
#socialmobility fairy tale
Everything “modernised” and reinvented. A typical modernisers Postmodernist, post industrial, neoliberal product. Out of context. A
… sleightness of hand and slightness of movement away from Thatcherism.
#Apprenticeships are “championed” by employers
New Labour, always keen to do the Right’s thing “modernises” Modern Apprenticeships to become … Apprenticeships. That’s Blair for you …
Having ceded control of their economies
#governments planted their flag in education. Lord Young a prime a mover. Kenneth Baker etc
Yet like so much of the “modernization” woofle dust sprinkled over the fundamental socio-economic restructuring that began post IMF 1976 …
Dismantling the industrial/craft base and establishing neoliberal/globalisation/service fetishism/”flexible” labour economy completely …
#Apprenticeships are about combining work, training and development in the workplace, which has to be paid for and organised.
#Apprenticeships had a role in a mixed economy with interventionist government, though there was dispute over investment in training.
Employers who now champion
#Apprenticeships were happy to let the system go because of the link to organised labour
#Apprenticeships declined as an industrial base (and investment in it) declined and were caught up in struggle between management & unions
#Apprenticeships declined the long established craft/industrial/trade context in which they had a central place declined
#Apprenticeships are related to “learning a trade” but that’s not all they are. They are historically part of a way of organising labour