Big employers will welcome the recommendations of the Richard Review of Apprenticeships – but the Government must not forget the needs of employers of SMEs and micro-businesses, SummitSkills cautioned.
As the Government last week published its response to the review of apprenticeships by Doug Richard - The Future of Apprenticeships in England: Next Steps from the Richard Review - it also began a formal consultation on its plans to “redefine apprenticeships”.
These plans include outcome-focused apprenticeships, an end-of-apprenticeship ‘holistic’ test and all apprentices working towards a Level 2 qualification in English and maths if they have not already achieved this. The Government also wants an apprenticeship for each skilled job and is looking to put employer-defined industry standards at the heart of apprenticeships.
SummitSkills chief executive Keith Marshall OBE said: “As the sector skills council representing the building services engineering sector, we support many of Doug Richard’s recommendations. In some sectors with a long tradition of apprenticeships, much of what Richard recommends is already in place, delivering the quality apprenticeships that our workforce needs.”
The Government’s consultation runs until May 22 and can be accessed via the BIS website.