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SummitSkills: Richard Review ‘a useful reminder of real apprenticeships’

The Richard Review has been welcomed as a useful reminder of what makes a real apprenticeship by SummitSkills.

Responding to Doug Richard’s recently published recommendations, SummitSkills chief executive Keith Marshall OBE said: “We have long argued for a tightening up of the definition of ‘apprenticeship’ to describe a person learning a new job and not just an existing worker upgrading their skills.

“We are pleased to see that the review appears to have responded to this and other points we made in our submission.   

“While it is good to have a fresh look at the subject of apprenticeships, we feel it is important that we learn from existing good practice and resist the temptation to make change for change’s sake.

“Doug Richard is right to highlight that apprenticeships should focus on the needs of both the employer and learner, and should not be driven by training providers.”

SummitSkills also agrees with the Richard Review about the need to secure high quality learning for an apprenticeship to be most valuable to all involved parties.

How to achieve this has also been the focus of two other important documents in 2012 focusing on the future of apprenticeships – the Holt Review in May and the BIS Select Committee’s report in early November.

Together the three documents suggest various changes to make apprenticeships more useful, relevant and fit for the needs of the future workforce.

The Government’s Skills Strategy in February will consider these documents, as well as taking into account the findings of the Heseltine Review and the Industrial Strategy launched recently by Business Secretary Vince Cable.

“With its established relationships with the key employer and other stakeholder organisations in the building services engineering sector, SummitSkills is in an excellent position to work through the options,” said Mr Marshall.

“We must work together to find the way through this potential maze and create apprenticeships fit for the future.”

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