Recommendations go out to consultation
The Department for Employment and Learning has developed 32 recommendations on apprenticeships, and has put them to consultation in a process which closes on April 7. Here are the first 16:
1: Apprenticeships will be defined as a system of learning, irrespective of branding.
2: An apprenticeship will be for a new employee or, in the case of an existing employee, a new job role.
3: An apprenticeship will commence at professional and technical Level 3 or higher.
4 An apprenticeship will be for a minimum duration of two years.
5: An apprenticeship will involve a breadth of training beyond the specific needs of a particular job through on and off-the-job training.
6: An apprenticeship will be designed to enable individuals to progress into higher professional or
technical training or onto a higher academic pathway.
7: Government will recognise an apprenticeship when it contains each of the components set out in
8: Apprenticeships will have a single award/qualification for each occupation at each level.
9: Apprenticeships will be open to everyone irrespective of age, with the primary focus on young
people 16 to 24-years-old.
10: Apprenticeships will support progression beyond the initial apprenticeship through a variety of
pathways including to higher level apprenticeships and to further and higher education.
11: Apprenticeship awards/qualifications will facilitate portability within a sector and mobility within the
12: Measures will be put in place to support individuals to make the transition into apprenticeships at Level 3.
13: Apprenticeships will utilise fully international opportunities for placements and exchanges.
14: A central service will be introduced to market, promote and support apprenticeship provision, by
engaging with employers and potential participants.
15: The central service will provide advice and guidance for employers and potential apprentices on
the range of support and training available.
16: An online service will be introduced to advertise apprenticeship vacancies across all sectors.