Apprenticeships reforms: The government’s vision

1 March 2016
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As part of the government’s plans to increase productivity in the UK, there is a major focus on the growth and quality of apprenticeships in England.

Thousands of organisations across the country already count apprenticeships as a crucial part of their strategy for building competent and skilled workforces for the future. The government has made a commitment to getting even more on board, both in terms of employing apprentices, and in shaping the future of apprenticeships.

In December 2015, the government published ‘English Apprenticeships: Our 2020 Vision’. The document outlined its vision for apprenticeships, split into five main categories: Quality, Employers, Supporting routes to apprenticeships and work, The long-term apprenticeships system and Funding.

Here is an outline of the vision:

Quality

  • All apprenticeships will provide substantive training in a professional or technical route, transferable skills and competency in English and maths for all ages
  • Apprenticeships will be an attractive offer that young people and adults aspire to go into, as a high quality and prestigious path to a successful career
  • Apprenticeships will be available across all sectors of the economy and at all levels, including degree level
  • Every apprenticeship will be a high quality opportunity that delivers the skills, knowledge and behaviours that employers are looking for

Employers

  • Apprenticeships will be widely recognised and respected as a highly effective means for all businesses to build their pipeline of skilled future staff in all parts of the country
  • The new Digital Apprenticeship Service will be simple for employers, particularly smaller businesses, to navigate and use
  • Employers will feel full ownership of apprenticeships, designing and owning the content of all apprenticeship standards and assessments
  • Employers will be the main advocates of apprenticeships among their partners, peers and supply chain

Supporting routes to apprenticeships and work

  • All young people at school will be able to hear from and be inspired by employers and apprentices
  • There will be clear progression routes through technical and professional education and into skilled employment, including apprenticeships
  • Traineeships will support more young people into apprenticeships and sustainable employment
  • Young people from all backgrounds will get the preparation they need to be high quality candidates for apprenticeships

The long-term apprenticeships system

  • The design and delivery of high quality apprenticeships will be overseen by a new, independent and respected quality body – the Institute for Apprenticeships
  • All new apprentices will be trained to meet levels of professional competence set out in employer-designed standards
  • Employers will be confident customers of apprenticeship training programmes, which will be developed by agile training providers to meet the evolving needs of business
  • Employers will have the opportunity to choose between more high quality providers and it will be easier for employers to train their apprentices directly

Funding

  • Employers will choose and pay for the apprenticeship training they want through a Digital Apprenticeship Service
  • The funding system will support the commitment to increase the quality and quantity of apprenticeships
  • Funding for apprenticeships will be placed on a sustainable footing through a levy on employers

Read ‘English Apprenticeships: Our 2020 Vision’ here.

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If you would like to talk to someone about how the apprenticeship reforms will affect your business, please contact The GC Business Hub on 01452 563403 or email business.hub@gloscol.ac.uk to arrange a meeting.



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