The Industry Apprentice Council (IAC) report to be handed to Nadhim Zahawi MP, David Cameron’s adviser on apprentices and joint chairman of the Apprenticeship Delivery Board, delivered a damning verdict on careers advice. It is also calling for professional qualifications as standard to ensure apprenticeships get the recognition they deserve and quality is maintained.
The results of the Industry Apprentice Council’s biggest ever survey shows an alarming lack of information regarding the opportunities that apprenticeships offer. Al Parkes, chief operating officer of the Semta Group which founded and funds the IAC said: “Home grown skills have never been more important to this country – especially in a post Brexit Britain.
“Our young apprentices have spoken – and should be heard. They are the very people who can speak with authority and conviction having experienced the process at first hand. The new government must put skills at the very top of their agenda if the country is to thrive outside the EU.”
The Industry Apprentice Council, recognised as the true voice of apprentices, founded by awarding organisation EAL part of the Semta Group, launched the Five Point Plan and the survey results at the IET, Savoy Place, London.
The document to be handed to Mr Nadhim Zahawi MP says:
In his foreword featured in the report Mr Zahawi said: “It’s crucial that apprentices themselves have a voice and their experiences are listened to.
“Building apprentices’ views in will ensure that quality does not suffer and that apprenticeship programmes remain relevant – not just equipping people with the skills employers need, but giving people what they need to grow and get on in life.
“That’s why I’m delighted to have been asked to formally launch the 2016 Industry Apprentice Council survey research report, and why it’s so important that the IAC keeps on doing the great work it has been to date. “
Endorsing the report Semta Group CEO, Ann Watson, added: “Without apprentices, employers across the advanced manufacturing and engineering (AME) sector Semta represents, simply would not be able to meet their skills needs.
“With the economy needing 182,000 people with engineering skills every year to 2022, apprenticeships offer a tried and tested way for employers to equip new recruits with the right skills.
“That’s why 26% of AME employees have gone through an apprenticeship, compared with just 10% for the whole economy.”