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Government Review of Apprenticeships Concludes

The Richard Review of Apprenticeships, recently carried out by Doug Richard (the former Dragon’s Den star), has called for a number of proposals to be taken forward by Government, including a redefinition of what an apprenticeship means.

Although there are a total of ten recommendations made in the report, perhaps the most radical is a call for the funding process surrounding apprenticeships to be reformed. Instead of the current system, under which the college training provider receives a government grant to fund the training, Mr Richard proposes that employers should receive the funding directly, allowing them to pay for training themselves. This would be achieved through tax credits or other Government incentives being diverted towards employers.

The government's reaction to the report seems to have been positive, with FE Minister Matthew Hancock commenting that he ‘warmly welcomes this impressive report’, whilst the Education Secretary Michael Gove said he ‘look[ed] forward to considering the proposals carefully’.

A full copy of the report can be obtained here.

Nov 28, 2012 11:31 AM
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