CIOB responds to the Future of Apprenticeships Consultation
In response to UK Governments ‘The Future of Apprenticeships in England: Next Steps from Richard Review’ consultation the Chartered Institute of Building highlights the importance of professional bodies and trade associations working in partnership with employers to design new standards for Apprenticeships.
Bridget Bartlett, Chief Operating Officer at the CIOB said, “We welcome Doug Richard’s assessment of the current state of apprenticeships, and his recommendations to put employers at the heart of the process in order to create meaningful industry standards.”
“With the costs of higher education soaring; we are in agreement that apprenticeships should be valued as a means to tackle the inherent issues of youth unemployment and skills shortages.”
According to CIOB research undertaken this year, construction professionals felt that apprenticeships are vital in addressing skills gaps in the UK construction industry (90%). Large numbers of construction firms are keen to employ apprentices, but given the tough economic environment, more must be done to stimulate recruitment. The CIOB suggests that tax breaks could be a useful incentive for small and medium enterprises who hire apprentices.
The CIOB believes that apprenticeships should offer longevity to ensure that learner needs are met. Vitally, the opportunity to progress into higher education and professional body membership should remain at the heart of any modern day apprenticeship.
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