Report calls for stronger focus on apprenticeship quality

A new report by City & Guilds, ‘Remaking Apprenticeships’, has called for businesses, government and further education providers to focus on quality in order to address skills shortages.

City & Guilds, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, the 157 Group and the Centre for Real-World Learning carried out a review of research into the pedagogy of apprenticeships.

The report also recommends teaching apprentices not only a mastery of their chosen trade and basics such as literacy and numeracy but also embedding core employability skills such as resourcefulness, communication and adaptability to ensure learners have all the skills they need to succeed in the modern workplace.

City & Guilds UK MD Kirstie Donnelly said: “We firmly believe now is the time to remake apprenticeships. If we take the right approach and embed learning and assessment at the heart of an apprenticeship, as well as ensure they are designed to meet employers’ needs, we can ensure the UK’s apprenticeship system can compete with the very best on the world stage.”

Chief executive at the Association of Employment and Learning Providers Stewart Segal said: “Both on-the-job and off-the-job learning should form a core dimension of an apprenticeship, because the combination can help produce the desired job expertise, functional literacies and business-like attitudes required in a modern economy.”

Click here to see the full report.