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OCR called for more flexible traineeships in oral evidence given to the Education Select Committee today on traineeship and apprenticeship pathways.
Charlotte Bosworth, OCR Director of Skills and Employment, was invited to appear as a witness before the Committee following the success of OCR’s own traineeship scheme in 2013. The pilot scheme, delivered with the Kent Association of Training Organisations (KATO), was one of the first traineeship schemes in the country.
The scheme, which ran in the summer of 2013, involved 23 NEETS, 96% of whom subsequently went on to employment, into apprenticeships or into further education. Two OCR qualifications, Cambridge Progression and Cambridge Employability, underpinned the learning. OCR’s experience in Kent informed the key recommendations made in OCR’s written evidence submitted to the Education Selection Committee in September.
OCR’s five key recommendations include:
Charlotte commented: "It is an honour for OCR to be invited to submit evidence today. This is as a result of our ongoing work and the insights gained from our projects with industry and training partners. The Prime Minister has pledged to end youth unemployment and create three million apprenticeship opportunities, following the 2015 General Election. Whoever is elected, it is vital that the right approach to traineeships is developed and that it is sustainable, with the learner at its centre."
Find out more information about Cambridge Traineeships, and to read about the Kent pilot scheme