The Armed Forces Covenant In Action? Part 4: Education Of Service Personnel
HC 185, Fifth Report of Session 2013-14 - Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence
- House of Commons - Defence Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The report 'The Armed Forces Covenant In Action? Part 4: Education Of Service Personnel (HC 185)' examines the results of a series of Ofsted inspections on Army Apprenticeships conducted in 2013.
The inspections rated the overall effectiveness as good, which was an improvement over the satisfactory rating of the last inspection in 2009, which would now be classified as 'needs improvement'.
Around 28% of Army recruits were less than 18 years of age. Further information is needed on why the Army is so dependent on recruiting personnel under the age of 18 compared to the other two Services, and whether steps are being taken to reduce this dependency.
Of those recruited in 2012, 3.5% of the Army were rated at entry level two for literacy (that of a seven to eight year old) and 39% had a literacy level of an eleven year old. If as the Ministry of Defence (MoD) states, it has to recruit personnel at whatever level of attainment is available, then it should boost remedial action when recruitment entry standards are particularly low.
In light of changes brought about by Future Force 2020, it may be that recruiting personnel with higher levels of attainment would better meet the future needs of the Armed Forces. Whilst the Committee recognises that some recruits may not be eager to take further academic exams, the MoD should encourage more recruits to undertake English and Maths GCSEs which would stand them in good stead for future employment.
The MoD has carried out some useful pilot projects with paramedic training and should identify more potential projects to ensure that vital skills paid for by the MoD are not lost to the country.
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