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GGP JAN 2013

TRAINING Puff, the magic dragon Gary Overton, Proskills, welcomes the recommendations contained in the Richard Review and hopes that the government shares his enthusiasm. Gary Overton. that an effective, ‘light touch’ approval process exists to confirm training organisations are providing good quality training, relevant for the sector. •Government should still contribute to the cost of an apprentice but this should be routed via the employer, instead of the training provider, in order to ensure relevance and drive up quality. This may be done through a tax credit, similar to the research and development tax credit. The funding system should be kept simple and accessible, including for small firms. •The government, through its own communication channels and careers advice services, should ensure that information about The Richard Review with apprenticeships and their benefits, is effectively have a significant impact and widely disseminated. Boosting learner and on apprenticeships, if employer demand is an active responsibility of properly embraced by government. More effort should be made to the government. ARichard Review of Apprenticeships. schemes will be expanded to help people to take apprenticeship can offer.ensure that schools and teachers, parents and allthose who inform and guide young people, havea better understanding of what a high qualityjob roles, not those who are already employed orestablished in an industry. Pre apprenticeshipt the end of last year we saw the launch ofthe final report from the much awaited You may recall that its author, Doug Richard, the first steps into employment. was one of the original dragons in Dragons’ •There should still be recognised industry The National Skills Academy for Materials, Den and made just two investments during the standards at the heart of every apprenticeship. Production and Supply, broadly welcomes the first two series of the programme. So, not only They should form the basis of new recommendations as we have long been does he see the world from a very different apprenticeship qualifications which replace advocates for more freedom in the design and perspective to many in government but he is existing apprenticeship frameworks. implementation of apprenticeships. We hope also a very prudent and successful businessman There should be just one apprenticeship that this new freedom will help employers and with a strong track record in fostering new talent qualification for each occupation associated with apprentices to avoid the bureaucracy that has and ambitions. an apprenticeship. grown up around the current system over the last As expected, the review recommends a •Individual employers, employer partnerships, or few years. wholesale reform of the Apprenticeship system other organisations with the relevant expertise, We believe that if the recommendations in England with more freedom for employers to should be invited to design and develop are implemented sensibly by government, set the standards and define the training that will apprenticeship qualifications for their sectors. they will have a far reaching and beneficial be used to develop apprentices in the future, so The selection of the best qualification for an impact on companies and apprentices in our that they deliver skills and qualifications of occupation should be based on government set sector. After all, it would seem quite obvious that tangible value to workers and employers. criteria for identifying what ‘good’ looks like. employers should be given the role of defining Doug Richard once said: “With myriad •To complete an apprenticeship, each apprentice the standards and training that are used within learning experiences which are currently labelled will have to pass a test at the end of their their industries. as apprenticeships, we risk losing sight of the training which will assess whether the individual We are looking forward to helping employers core features of what makes apprenticeships is fully competent and employable within their and training providers manage the transition to work. My conclusion is that we need to look job and their sector. the new system as and when these again at what it means to be an apprentice and •All apprentices should have achieved Level 2 in recommendations are implemented and are keen what it means to offer an apprenticeship as an English and maths before they can complete to continue to support employers in our sectors employer. Apprenticeships need to be high their apprenticeship. as they explore the new innovative ideas and quality training with serious kudos and tangible •Unnecessary prescription and regulation visionary models of delivery. value, both to the apprentice and the employer.” should be stripped out of the apprenticeship Specific recommendations in the review process to allow apprentices to take the best If you would like to comment on the include: route to achievement. Richard Review, or learn more about •The government should make some off-site Apprenticeships in Glass, contact Gary •Apprenticeships should be redefined so that learning and a minimum duration for Overton, e-mail: gary.overton@mps- they are only used to train people entering new apprenticeships mandatory. It should also ensure academy.co.uk or tel: 07824 465538. 52 January 2013 Glass & Glazing Products


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