Apprenticeship reforms could put SMEs at disadvantage, says the AELP

The Associated of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has responded to the government’s plans to reform apprenticeships, saying that SMEs will be at a disadvantage.

The AELP claims the proposals put forward to improve apprenticeships could add complexity and cost. It welcomed the success of apprenticeship schemes but warned against introducing significant changes too quickly.

CEO Stewart Segal said: “Some of the changes such as the grading of apprenticeships could add complexity and cost without adding significant value, so we should ensure that the implications are properly considered. The current methodologies of assessment and testing are rigorous and we have to allow employers to consider how best to improve that process rather than being prescriptive over the type of testing and the way that is delivered. We welcome the initiation of the debate with employers to ensure that we improve the current frameworks and make the delivery more effective and more flexible.”