Apprenticeship review welcomed

Business leaders have welcomed a Government announcement that employers could be given control of their apprenticeship qualifications to tackle skills shortages preventing UK growth.

The decision is in response to a review of apprenticeships in Britain by Dragon’s Den entrepreneur Doug Richard, who called for employers to be put in charge of the £1.5bn a year Government funding for on-the-job training.

And Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has now announced that a programme to revise how apprenticeships are managed will begin with a formal consultation.

Ian Greenaway, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce President, said: “Allowing employers to design their own training programmes and qualifications is something the Chamber welcomes.

“I have no doubt the consultation will identify to ministers exactly what business needs and will identify how those needs can be best met through bespoke training programmes.”