Reforms can’t come quick enough
Iread with interest about the Government’s apprenticeship reforms, the skills crisis and the lack of young people ( CCW, 15 February).
As an employer in this sector, like many others, the apprentice reforms cannot come quickly enough. For decades our industry has been neglected, ignored and frankly badly let down by the establishment and bodies set up within it to address this crisis.
I’m pleased to say that’s all changing radically. Power will transfer from these organisations – which have so badly let us all down over many years – to employers. And not soft power, either – real power. Employers will be able to set up, design and deliver the apprentice programmes that they want – and which, critically, are attractive to young people. This transfer of power is underpinned with one simple, radical change. Money. The funding for apprenticeships will no longer go to colleges and training providers; it’ll go direct to employers to spend where they see fit. This is nothing short of transformational.
As a small employer group we’ve developed two new apprentice standards that have attracted 100 young people on to the programme.
Let me say one further thing and debunk a commonly held, often incorrectly repeated myth. Young people do want to join this trade. What they don’t want is a boring, dead-end apprenticeship.
Chris Oliver, Fix Auto, Dagenham, Essex
Training tomorrow’s engineers is vital.