ACE co-signs letter calling for urgent review of apprenticeships

ACE co-signs letter calling for urgent review of apprenticeships

In a letter published in the Times newspaper, ​ACE have highlighted the fact that monthly apprenticeship numbers are routinely below targets set out by the government as part of its industrial strategy and will woefully short of its pledge for three million apprentices by 2020. More than 60,000 new apprentices a month are needed, yet last week's figures show only 22,300 new apprentices started in the last month.

The joint signatories of the letter have called for the Institute of Apprentices to be able to design and approve apprenticeship standards much more quickly and for more flexibility in how employers can spend the apprenticeship levy contribution, including spending throughout the supply chain.

 
As well as Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE, the letter was signed by the leaders of London First, North West Business, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, NHS Employers, Creative Industry Federation, Association for UK interactive Entertainment, London Colleges, Tech London Advocates, and Freight Transport Association.
 
View the letter at the Times (subscription). Download a copy of the letter.

 

TAC additionally wrote to Anne Milton MP, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills to raise a number of issues around apprenticeships, including the:

  • Slow progress in gaining approval for apprenticeship proposals, standards and end point assessment plans;
  • Policy approach towards the development and subsequent mandating of qualifications to underpin apprenticeships;
  • Lack of flexibility relating to the use of the apprenticeship levy; and
  • Funding caps related to high skilled, quality and valued apprenticeship delivery.

TAC will be meeting with her team to discuss these issues in person and in due course.