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Institute For Apprenticeships To Be Expanded And Renamed

Institute For Apprenticeships To Be Expanded And Renamed

Last week, the government published a report looking into post-16 skills, with the aim being to improve the efficiency of skills delivery in the UK. The main focus of the new and improved regime is 15 new ‘pathfinder’ routes, 4 of these new routes will be delivered via Apprenticeships. The first of the routes will come into practice by September 2019 and will be two-year college based programmes for people from the age of 16, as well as those aged 19+. All 15 teaching routes will be delivered by 2022.

The 15 routes within the Skills Plan, with Apprenticeship focused courses marked by an asterisk, are:

  • Agriculture, Environmental and Animal Care
  • Business and Administrative
  • Catering and Hospitality
  • Childcare and Education
  • Construction
  • Creative and Design
  • Digital
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Health and Science
  • Legal, Finance and Accounting
  • Protective Services*
  • Sales, Marketing and Procurement*
  • Social Care*
  • Transport and Logistics*

As well as mapping out future plans, the report acknowledged some “serious flaws” in the current technical education system in the country. THe report states “despite recent progress, and although there are many examples of excellent teaching, as a whole the system does not deliver enough people with the right skills and technical knowledge of high enough quality, and is not seen as an attractive option by employers, young people or their parents.”

Skills Minister, Nick Boles praised the report as a landmark and roadmap for the future, and said the Government will implement all recommendations contained in the report. “These recommendations give us the opportunity to go beyond the achievements of the last Parliament and secure real and lasting improvements: building a dynamic, high-quality technical option, which is grounded in engagement with employers, fits soundly with the rest of the system and is responsive to the changing needs of the economy.”

Another change noted in the report is that the Institute for Apprenticeships will be fully operational by April 2017, and renamed the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education. The report has been praised by a number of parties, including the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Chairman Mike Cherry, who said “we support the idea of a clear and equal pathway for young people into more vocational occupations. For too long the academic pathway has been held up as the most desirable route to learning, leaving the UK under-skilled in technical knowledge and practical skills valued by industry. Business will support the focus on giving all students transferable skills, particularly new focus on digital skills training which has become ever more important to all parts of the economy.”

The planned timeline for the reform is:

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