Ministers respond to apprentice document
THE Government has responded to the Richard Review of apprenticeships.
Entrepreneur Doug Richard's 2012 review called for the quality of apprenticeships to be improved. He also said that apprenticeships should be more focused on the needs of employers as some businesses find they are not tailored enough to their requirements.
In its response, the Government has set out plans to redefine apprenticeships to build on their success.
It also aims to raise standards, overhaul qualifications, assessment and delivery, and place apprenticeships firmly in the hands of employers.
BRAND NEW FORD B-MAX ZETEC 1.0 ECOBOOST FOR ONLY £7685*View details
DRIVE AWAY A BRAND NEW FORD B-MAX ZETEC FOR ONLY £7685.
1.0 100PS Manual
Electric Windows & Mirrors
Quickclear Heated Windscreen
15" Alloy Wheels
Bluetooth with Ford Sync
*Drive away from only £7685 and then pay nothing for 24 months!
Contact: 01626 240583
Valid until: Sunday, June 30 2013
It wants employers to be able to design the apprenticeships that suit their business – working with training providers to give apprentices the skills they need to do the job.
The plans include employers putting recognised industry standards at the heart of every apprenticeship.
The Government wants every apprenticeship targeted at a skilled job, involving substantial new learning that will provide the foundations for a career.
Other proposals include a focus on the end result, setting out clearly what apprentices should know and be able to do at the end of their apprenticeship, and a final holistic test.
From August 2014, apprentices will work towards a level 2 qualification, either through GCSEs or functional skills in English and maths, if they have not already achieved this.
There will be separate training and accreditation of existing workers who are already competent in their jobs.
A public consultation has been launched on the proposals. To comment by May 22 visit www.gov.uk/government/con sultations/future-of-apprentic eships-in-england-richard-rev iew-next-steps