NET responds to the publication for the ‘Future of apprenticeships in England: Implementation Plan’

Iain Macdonald, Chief Executive of National Electrotechnical Training (NET), has welcomed the publication of “The Future of Apprenticeships in England: Implementation Plan”.

“The Government’s recommendations will put industry back at the heart of apprenticeship provision – where it belongs,” Macdonald said. “For too long now apprenticeships have reflected what training providers are willing to offer, rather than what industry needs. Hopefully, this will now change. Industry stakeholders taking the lead on the content and delivery of apprenticeships will mean employers can be certain apprentices will learn the skills they need to make a positive contribution to their business and their chosen sectors. This can only be a positive step for all those involved in the process.”

Macdonald was quick to highlight that the majority of the proposals wouldn’t directly impact on the electrotechnical sector, saying: “This industry has a tried and tested system in place, so the new standards will not mean major changes. However, the recognition of independent assessments such as this industry’s long-established AM2 and FICA is a hugely positive move. It will mean that candidates will only complete their apprenticeships and become fully fledged industry operatives when they have passed their industry’s assessment and are ready to call themselves skilled professionals.”

He concluded: “It’s been apparent for some time now that the current apprenticeship system needs revising. Good employers and capable candidates have been let down in the past, but the recommendations set out in the implementation plan will ensure the future of an apprenticeship system which is finally fit for purpose With its publication, apprenticeships move a step nearer to closing the perceived quality gap in parity with university, and firms in all industries can be confident that we have an apprenticeship system in place which delivers the skills they will need in the future.”