Grading should be introduced for apprenticeships, the Industry Apprentice Council has told government’s apprenticeships team.
The IAC, launched and funded by EAL, met with representatives from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) following an invitation from skills minister Matthew Hancock MP.
At the meeting, to discuss the future of apprenticeships and proposals in the Richard Review, the IAC put forward their views on how the vocational pathway should be altered to better compete with the academic pathway but still meet employer and learner needs.
The IAC outlined their vision for continuous assessment throughout an apprenticeship, as opposed to an “end of point” assessment, a grading scale similar to that used in Higher Education, and the need to retain individual qualifications (Technical Certificates, NVQs, etc) that make up the vocational pathway.
The apprentices, who spoke as representatives of the IAC, also called for the voice of the apprentice community to be heard at the highest level, so that learners could have input on the future of their education pathway.
IAC member Hal Willis, 20, said: “We would prefer continual assessment throughout an apprenticeship and those assessments should be used to form a final grade, so you can differentiate between someone that has worked really hard and someone that has just plodded along.”
However, despite calling for grading, the IAC was staunchly opposed to apprenticeships being reduced to a single qualification.