Entrepreneur and founder of School for Startups, Doug Richard, is to lead an independent review into the future of Apprenticeships for the Government.
The Richard Review of Apprenticeships will look at how to build upon the record success of recent years by:
– Ensuring that Apprenticeships meet the needs of the changing economy
– Ensuring every Apprenticeship delivers high quality training and the qualifications and skills that employers need
– Maximising the impact of Government investment.
– Looking to the future, the review will examine how apprenticeships can continue to best meet the needs of employers, individuals, and the wider economy; which learners and employers can and should benefit most from apprenticeships; and what the core components of a high quality apprenticeship should be.
Mr Richard was selected by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education for his strong reputation in the spheres of both business and business education, enabling him to provide an independent analysis of the future priorities of the Government’s scheme.
A senior figure in the UK and global business communities, with over 20 years’ experience in the development and leadership of start-ups and established businesses, Mr. Richard will bring unrivaled commercial insight to the study.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said:
“To build a prosperous economy we need a skilled workforce. The Apprenticeship programme has been a real success, not only boosting chances for young people, but also helping businesses to address their skills gaps.”
“However in the past vocational youngsters have been let down by weak courses and our competitors have stolen a march. I have just come back from a fact finding mission to Germany where two-thirds of young people take some form of apprenticeship by the time they are 25.”
“To keep pace it is vital that we build on our initial success and continue to look at how Apprenticeships can adapt to meet our future needs in the fast-evolving global economy.”
Skills Minister John Hayes said:
“The government has built the biggest and best Apprenticeships programme of modern times. Last year there were over 457,000 Apprenticeship starts and we have set out rigorous new standards to guarantee all Apprenticeships are of the highest quality. Apprenticeships have never before been given the status or significance that I, as the Minister responsible, has afforded them.”
“However, if we are to ensure that Apprenticeships continue to meet the skills needs of our constantly evolving economy then we must take every opportunity to re-examine the why, what and how of Apprenticeships, to ensure they are equipping learners and employers for the future.”