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Reform's research and commentary is regularly featured in the media. You can find press coverage of Reform's work here.

We are always happy to comment on policy issues relevant to our work. If you would like a quote, an interview, or a background briefing, please email press@reform.uk.

 

Manufacturing Management

Manufacturing Management, 21 May 2018

Manufacturing Management published an article examining a year after the apprenticeship levy. In it, they interview Tom Richmond, Senior Research Fellow and author of Reform‘s report, The Great Training Robbery: assessing the first year of the apprenticeship levy.

Read the full article here.


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The Times, 18 May 2018

Reform‘s report on the apprenticeship levy, The great training robbery: assessing the first year of the apprenticeship levy, in an article in The Times.

“Reform, the think tank, estimates that £600 million will be spent on such “incorrectly labelled” apprenticeships.”

You can find the full article (£) here.


Police Professional

Police Professional, 16 May 2018

Reformer blog written by Sarah Timmis, Researcher at Reform, was published in Police Professional.


Science and Technology Select Committee: Algorithms in decision-making

Science and Technology Select Committee: ‘Algorithms in decision-making’

Reform‘s report, Thinking on its own: AI in the NHS, was reference several times in the publication of the House of Commons’ Science and Technology Select Committee report Algorithm in decision-making.

Read the full report here.


BBC Radio 5 Live

BBC Radio 5 Live, 7 May 2018

Tom Richmond, Senior Research Fellow at Reform, appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss the issue of teacher retention. On it, he spoke about getting more people into teaching and keeping them there.


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TES, 4 May 2018

TES wrote an article covering the recent development that dozens of universities will be launching MBA apprenticeships programmes in the coming months, which will be paid for by the apprenticeship levy. In the article, they quote Tom Richmond, Senior Research Fellow at Reform:

Former government adviser Tom Richmond, now senior research fellow at the Reform think tank, said: “MBA apprenticeships do not meet any historical or international definition of an apprenticeship because they are a form of professional development, not occupational training”.

Read the full article here.


Globe Post

The Globe Post, 2 May 2018

Daniel El-Gamry, Researcher at Reform, wrote an article for The Globe Post about what we can learn from the “austerity mindset” when it comes to reforming public services.

“Policy-makers have an opportunity to reinvent public service delivery because of the pressures of mounting debt and long-term rising demand. In doing so, they have the chance to sustainably transform outcomes for all”.

Read the full article here.


British Journal of Healthcare Computing article

British Journal of Healthcare Computing, 16 April 2018

The British Journal of Healthcare Computing wrote an article covering themes that emerged from the HIMSS UK Executive Leadership Summit which assessed the potential of the NHS to deploy AI technologies considering the current state of its infrastructure. Eleonora Harwich, Head of Digital and Technological Innovation spoke on the panel.

Panelists argued that the NHS would have to secure public trust and buy-in, with Eleonora Harwich, Reform’s Head of Digital and Tech Innovation, explaining that this is an ‘essential’ element that will support sensible AI adoption.

 Read the full article here.


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Report on apprenticeship levy

Reform published a report on the apprenticeship levy called The great training robbery: assessing the first year of the apprenticeship levy. It was covered in the following publications: BBC News, Financial Times, The Times, The Independent, City A.M., Tes, Eastern Daily Press, FE Week, London Loves Business, FE News, The Week, WonkHE, HR Magazine, Recruiter, The Caterer, Personnel TodayFinancial News.


Talk Radio

Talk Radio, 15 April 2018

Tom Richmond, Senior Research Fellow at Reform, appeared on Talk Radio to discuss the findings of Reform‘s latest report, The great training robbery: assessing the first year of the apprenticeship levy.

He highlighted a concerning trend that some companies are able to re-badge courses as ‘apprenticeships’, which are low-skilled and low-quality, getting access to government subsidies. The government definition is too broad and a stronger, internationally bench-marked definition needs to be put in place. Government money should be spent on high-quality training


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BBC One’s ‘The Big Questions’, 15 April 2018

Alexander Hitchcock, Research Manager at Reform, appeared on BBC One’s The Big Questions this week, which was devoted to one big question: ‘Is the NHS still fit for purpose?’

He stressed that the needs of the population have changed from when the NHS was first created, with the focus now being on caring for those with long-term illnesses. Shifting more money upfront from hospitals and into the community would help to do this. In addition, he also raised an important point about the sustainability of the NHS, where spend has been increasing in real terms over the past few years.


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BBC News at One, 13 April 2018

Tom Richmond, Senior Research Fellow at Reform, appeared on the BBC News at One to discuss the findings of Reform‘s latest report, The great training robbery: assessing the first year of the apprenticeship levy.

He discussed the issue of poor-quality apprenticeships and how greater regulation is needed.


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BBC News, 13 April 2018

Tom Richmond, Senior Research Fellow at Reform, appeared on BBC News Live this morning to discuss findings from Reform‘s latest report on the apprenticeship levyThe great training robbery: assessing the first year of the apprenticeship levy.

He discussed the issue that 40% of apprenticeships don’t meet historical or current international definitions of apprenticeships, as they are low-quality and low-skilled. Greater quality control is needed.


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BBC Radio 4 Today programme, 13 April 2018

Tom Richmond, Senior Research Fellow at Reform, appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme to discuss the findings of Reform‘s latest reportThe great training robbery: assessing the first year of the apprenticeship levy.

He discussed the fact that some apprenticeships are low-skill and low-quality, around 40% are not up to the international standard, and that better rules need to be put in place by government to combat this.

Listen to the full episode here (Tom’s interview comes in at around 51 minutes 23 seconds into the programme).


BBC Radio Essex

BBC Radio Essex, 13 April 2018

Tom Richmond, Senior Research Fellow at Reform, appeared on BBC Radio Essex to discuss the findings of Reform‘s latest report, The great training robbery: assessing the first year of the apprenticeship levy.

He discussed the fact that apprenticeships should be high quality, last for 2 – 3 years and be aimed at young people who can get into a skilled job at the start of their careers. Unfortunately, around 40% of current ‘apprenticeships’ are low-quality and low-skilled or, at the other end, management courses are being relabelled as apprenticeships. By 2020, the government will be paying around £600 million on these kinds of courses, which is a waste of money. Government needs to put in place much stronger rules about what an apprenticeship should look like.