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Richards Review on Apprenticeships published recently

December 11, 2012

The Richards Review of Apprenticeships was published just as our conference came to an end. Here’s a link to the announcment on the BIS website –

The recommendations incude:

  • Redefining apprenticeships: They should be targeted only at those who are new to a job or role that requires sustained and substantial training.
  • Focusing on the outcome of an apprenticeship – what the apprentice can do when they complete their training – and freeing up the process by which they get there. Trusted, independent assessment is key.
  • Recognised industry standards should form the basis of every apprenticeship.
  • All apprentices should reach a good level in English and maths before they can complete their apprenticeship.
  • Government funding must create the right incentives for apprenticeship training. The purchasing power for investing in apprenticeship training should lie with the employer.
  • Greater diversity and innovation in training – with employers and government safeguarding quality

A summary of the Richards Review is here –

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