Richard Review approval gives employers increased power

Government responds to review

Government responds to review

The Government, specifically the Department for Business, Skills and Innovation (BIS), has announced that employers are to be given more responsibility and autonomy over how apprenticeships within their businesses will be run.

In response to the Richards Review published last year, this move is being made to ensure that employers themselves can identify skills gaps in the market, and train up their apprentices to fill said gaps.

Commenting on the reforms during National Apprenticeship Week, deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “Most employers say that apprentices improve productivity. So it’s vital that apprenticeships are tailored around what employers want, allowing them to design their own qualifications and choose their own training provider, rather than getting a one-size-fits-all programme that’s bad for apprentices and bad for employers.”