House of Commons Education Select Committee Event 20 July

We arranged for our Apprentice of the Year finalists to give evidence on their experiences on applying for an apprenticeship and also from their training programme to the apprenticeship inquiry Sub Committee. The Sub-committee was set up in 2015 to look at the link between schools and education, and business and the economy. They are seeking evidence on apprenticeships, including the 3 million target and how government proposes to achieve this, the apprenticeship levy and other aspects of the programme. The information we shared in particular was to contribute to three themes:

  • How apprenticeships are promoted and whether the apprenticeship process can be improved
  • The quality of apprenticeship and how standards can be enforced
  • Routes for progression for higher level qualifications for apprentices

In general, the evidence offered was a clear call for more IAG at schools and other points of transition. Although good experiences were reported, there was a theme of workplace mentors being better prepared to help in linking training to work, and not to forget levels 2 and 3 in the race for more higher apprenticeships. We took the opportunity to provide information about GTAs, and underline our desire to give evidence to the next stage of the process concerning infrastructure and funding.

photo 3Our apprentices, pictured with Neil Carmichael MP Chair of Education Committee (second from right) are:

  • Henry Clark Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council achieved level 3 business admin through Training 2000;
  • Ryan Cox from Majorlift Hydraulic Equipment Limited working towards level 3 engineering through Gloucestershire Engineering training;

Ruby Udin from Rochdale Borough Council achieved level 3 business admin through Rochdale Training.

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