NIACE chief calls for an apprenticeship “definition of quality”

Following the publication of the Labour Policy Review: A revolution in Apprenticeships, adult learning body NIACE has called for a charter to make sure apprentices are taught skills necessary for a career rather than the current job position they hold.

Employers want to hire people who are looking to learn and develop within their business. Government, employers and providers should then pool their resources to develop a new quality guarantee.

NIACE chief executive David Hughes said: “What is needed is a definition of quality which describes the learning experience. This would include the breadth of exposure the apprentice has to the company they are working for, the support and mentoring they will receive, the relevance of the qualification, the number of hours off-the-job training as well as on-the-job training, the progression opportunities at the end of the apprenticeship and the chances of getting a permanent job at the end.”