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IAC meets BIS to outline vision of apprenticeships

Industry apprentices will present their vision for the future of apprenticeships to the government’s apprenticeships team this week.

The Industry Apprentice Council (IAC) will put their recommendations to government following a personal invitation from skills minister Matthew Hancock to roundtable discussions on the Richard Review of Apprenticeships.

The IAC, launched and funded by awarding organisation EAL, is set to meet with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Apprenticeships team on Thursday (18 July).

The group of 14 young learners – from a range of UK employers – will expand on their official response, sent to BIS in May.

In the response, the IAC gave their views on the implementation of grading and end of point assessment, whether offsite learning should be mandatory and how employers can be supported to engage learners.

EAL managing director Ann Watson established the IAC so apprentices could have a national voice for the first time.

She said: “We are thrilled industry apprentices will input directly into the future of Apprenticeships in the UK.

“The roundtable discussions on government’s Richard Review consultation are an excellent opportunity for the IAC’s members to have their say on government policy and help revolutionise the vocational pathway for learners across the country.

“The IAC was founded by EAL to give a voice to industry apprentices and enable them to lead the way – inspiring other young people to follow in their footsteps.

“It is our way of re-investing in the industries we serve and we hope the IAC will have a lasting impact in showing the real benefits that industry apprenticeships offer.”

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