Businesses 'in the driving seat' over apprenticeship changes

Employers are to be given more control over apprenticeships.

The government is set to place employers “in the driving seat”, allowing them to tailor apprenticeships to suit their organisations.

In a major overhaul of the apprenticeships programme, employers will soon have the ability to design qualifications to suit their needs, with a greater focus on specific industry standards.

Employers will also be given the option to choose their own training provider.

The move comes in response to last year’s Richard Review, which called on the government to reconfigure the way in which apprenticeships are prepared and delivered.

Welcoming the move, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) called on business owners to consider apprenticeships in fields outside the traditional “blue collar” professions. CIPD Skills Adviser Katerina Rudiger said, “Employers have been telling us that they wish to have greater involvement in defining apprenticeships, to ensure that they are successfully developing employees who are best equipped for the future of their organisation.

“The government’s announcements address these concerns as they put a clear emphasis on employers and professional bodies owning the process of defining what a good apprenticeship looks like. Employers have an opportunity to think ‘outside the box’ about where apprenticeships might fit within their business.”