Manufacturers welcome apprenticeships plan

apprenticeSemtaBAE300Manufacturers have welcomed today’s publication of the implementation plan that is the outcome of the Richard Review into the future of apprenticeships in England, describing it as “a real game-changer”.

Following the Government’s endorsement of the employer-focused vision in Doug Richard’s independent review of apprenticeships, the implementation plan sets out policy, process and timescale for reforming apprenticeships in England.

Skills minister Matthew Hancock said the reforms would ensure that apprenticeships become “more rigorous and more responsive to the needs of employers”.  He continued: “We will improve the quality of apprenticeships by introducing higher expectations on English and maths, grading to incentivise apprentices to strive to be the best and an increased focus on assessment at the end of an apprenticeship to ensure full competence.”

He said so-called ‘trailblazers’ would lead the way in implementing the new apprenticeships, the first of which will focus on sectors including aerospace, automotive, electrotechnical and food and drink manufacturing.

Commenting on the plan, EEF’s Steve Radley said: “Today’s announcement on implementing the Richard Review is a real game-changer. Putting employers at the heart of designing and developing apprenticeship standards, will finally ensure apprenticeships are relevant to industry’s and learners’ needs.

“Some of our largest manufacturers, backed with substantial support from SMEs, are geared up to lead the charge to deliver robust, rigorous and responsive new standards for apprenticeships.”

This material is protected by copyright Ken Hurst 2013.


About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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