What's the future of apprenticeships? Our take

On Monday 28th October 2013, Matthew Hancock MP, UK Minister for Skills & Enterprise announced the Government plans to implement an Apprenticeship reform in England which is in response to the Doug Richard’s independent Review of Apprenticeships.

The ‘Implementation Plan’ below sets out how Apprenticeships will be developed, undertaken and assessed in the future.

Key recommendations for the reform include:

  • control of apprenticeships to be placed more firmly in the hands of employers
  • ensure that all apprenticeships are rigorous and responsive to employers’ needs
  • higher expectations on English and maths
  • greater use of learning technology
  • an increased emphasis on assessment at the end of an apprenticeship

Get the full implementation plan.

So, what is a 'Trailblazer'?

‘Trailblazers’ will lead the way in implementing these new apprenticeships, some of which we're pleased to say are existing City & Guilds Kineo customers.

Find out more about the first 8 Trailblazers here.

Our take

Since we're all about giving employers control and making the best use of learning technology, we really welcome these findings.

Our Managed Learning Service approach is designed to provide exactly these benefits.

Chris Jones, CEO and Director General of City & Guilds said: 

"It’s great to see Government putting apprenticeships into the hands of employers – building that link between education and employment is critical to sustainable economic growth. City & Guilds Kineo believes deeply in employer engagement in education. As we’ve found through our research into vocational pedagogy (the art and science of vocational teaching and learning), educators play a critical role in helping individuals develop both technical and transferable skills.

"It is encouraging to see learning technology as a key enabler to apprenticeships and we hope to see this theme expanded as the pilots develop. Using technology in the right way will be transformative to the quality and accessibility of apprenticeships.

"As an expert in assessment, City & Guilds Kineo  is looking forward to working with Employers, Government and the Trailblazer pilots, which include many of our customers, to ensure the assessment methods are fit-for-purpose to assess the skills and competencies that employers need."

We can help you blaze a trail...

If you're interested in joining the eight Trailblazer areas or are interested in setting up new trailblazers for your sector, you can contact: apprenticeship.trailblazers@bis.gsi.gov.uk for overall guidance.

And of course, talk to us about Trailblazers, writing standards, assessments, or any aspect of the new apprenticeship approach.


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