Learning and Work responds to Apprenticeship funding announcements12 August 2016
Learning and Work Institute responds to today’s apprenticeship funding announcements from the Department for Education:
The Department for Education has this morning published a series of documents providing more information on how the system for funding apprenticeships will change from April 2017. Published this morning was a funding information document, an apprenticeship budget document and guidance on becoming an employer-provider. Further, there are proposals for a register of training providers.
In response, Stephen Evans, deputy chief executive at Learning and Work Institute, said:
“I am pleased that the Department have published this funding information. This should provide employers and providers with some clarity to allow them to plan for the introduction of the new apprenticeship funding system in April.
“Learning and Work Institute is currently working to make apprenticeships more accessible to those who are currently under-represented, including those from BAME backgrounds and with disabilities. I welcome today’s announcement that government will fully meet the apprenticeship training costs for young care leavers and young people with EHC Plans, alongside a further commitment to support additional costs. I would encourage the Department to use this policy to drive a new Access agenda – much like what we have seen in higher education – to include other under-represented groups such as young adult carers.
“The clear emphasis on quality in today’s announcements is welcome. Learning and Work shares the views of many employers who believe apprenticeship quality is just as, if not more, important than quantity. However, I challenge the view that an Ofsted grade alone is the most effective measure to use for the purposes of the new Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers – measures of quality must be timely and rounded which is why we’ve called for an Apprentice Charter, designed by employers and Apprentices.”