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All changes - where next for apprenticeships?

‘All change: where next for apprenticeships?’, 4 June 2018

Tom Richmond, Senior Research Fellow at Reform, wrote an essay in the Learning and Work Institute’s collection, ‘All work: Where next for apprenticeships reform?’. He wrote about the quality of apprenticeships in an essay titled ‘Quality first, access second?’.

You can find the collection of essays here.

ZD Net

ZD Net, 1 June 2018

In an article published by ZD Net on blockchain, Eleonora Harwich, Director of Research and Head of Digital and Tech Innovation, is cited and quoted.

“In its theoretical core, blockchain does have the intention to bring down power structures for sure. But I don’t think that’s the kind of applications we are talking about in the public sector,” says Harwich.

Read the full article here.

Public Technology

Public Technology, 30 May 2018

Rose Lakso-Skinner, Research Assistant at Reform, wrote an article in Public Technology. This op-ed argues that while GDPR is right to increase transparency and citizen control over data, we should not overlook the values and benefits of sharing data.

Read the full article (£) here.


Medium, 28 May 2018

Medium published an article about women in AI which focused on leading women in the space. Reform‘s Head of Digital and Technological Innovation, Eleonora Harwich, was mentioned in the article:

There are many, many more examples and Eleonora Harwich, Head of Digital and Technological Innovation, Reform, looks at examples of innovative use in the Public Sector such as predictive policing and the Serious Fraud Office use to detect large scale bribery in Rolls Royce.

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.


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

The Big Questions AHit

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.