CII manifesto calls for employer-led apprenticeships

The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) has criticised government plans for a reform of the apprenticeship system and published a manifesto calling for industry led apprenticeship schemes to further benefit the needs of the employer. It also calls for the apprenticeship system to be simplified, reducing bureaucracy which will encourage the employment of apprentices.

Public affairs manager at the CII, Daniel Pedley, said: “The CII believes that the government’s proposals, and those of the original Richard Review [on apprenticeship reform], do not provide the best platform for apprenticeship growth within insurance and financial services.

“The potential changes could disrupt the momentum we are currently seeing for technical apprenticeships and leave us with a system that employers within our sector have not asked for. We have yet to see a clamour from employers to create their own standards. Small and medium enterprises in particular want clarity, simplicity and ease of access.”