The government today published its ‘Implementation Plan’ for ‘The Future of Apprenticeships in England’ which puts employers at the heart of making Apprenticeships work. Today’s announcement follows on from the Richard Review of Apprenticeships published in November 2012 and a consultation which ended in May 2013.
Key elements of the plan include:
Charlotte Bosworth, OCR Director of Skills and Employment said: “Based on our experience of working with employers to develop high quality qualification content and relevant assessments, we welcome a more significant voice for employers and professional associations in Apprenticeships. We look forward to the opportunity of working initially with the ‘Trailblazers projects’ and assisting in creating a robust high level assessment approach.
“To make Apprenticeships work however, the employers will need to represent a variety of sectors and scales of operation so that the workforce of the future is flexible and responsive to changes in demand.
“It’s vital that qualifications that support apprenticeships are fit for purpose and relevant to sector needs. As an exam board with expertise in developing high quality employer led assessment to a recognised standard, we believe that rewarding the variety of learning that takes place throughout the length of an apprenticeship is essential. We are concerned that large scale ‘wrap around’ qualifications will not properly reflect learners' achievements.
"English and Maths skills are key, although getting enough apprentices to achieve the new ‘big’ GCSEs in English and Maths, in place of Functional Skills, may prove a challenge and may not always be the right type of numeracy and literacy skills that an employer needs.”
The document is available here: Future for Apprenticeships in England: Implementation Plan