Engineering and manufacturing apprentices are set to host the biggest apprentice debate in the UK, alongside the Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock MP.
Two members of the Industry Apprentice Council (IAC) will chair The Apprentice Debate, when hundreds of apprentices are expected to gather to discuss the merits, failings and future of apprenticeships.
The debate will focus on careers advice and guidance in schools and colleges, as well as the wider perception of apprenticeships in the UK and how best the vocational pathway can be promoted to a new generation of learners.
The debate is being chaired by two members of the IAC, which was set up by specialist, industry awarding organisation EAL and sponsored by IMI Awards, the leading awarding body for the retail motor industry.
Since the launch of the IAC, members have attended parliamentary debates and input into Government’s Apprenticeships Implementation Plan, which outlines plans for the future of the vocational pathway.
IAC members and apprentices Andy Fowler, from BAE Systems, and Lizzie Moffatt, from Vauxhall Motors, will be leading the debate.
QA Training CEO Ben Pike added: “At QA, we are excited to play a part in shaping the future of apprenticeships in the UK and proud to help apprentices challenge the perceptions they face.
“The Apprentice Debate is a fantastic opportunity for young people to have their say on the future of the vocational pathway and debate with the Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock MP.”
The Apprentice Debate is part of the Voice of Apprenticeships conference and takes place from 10:30am to 12:30pm, on March 4, at the London Film Museum, County Hall, South Bank. It is a flagship event for National Apprenticeships Week, running from March 3 to 7.
Places are free for apprentices and can be booked online.