Blog Type, IPT Blog | March 2017

Apprenticeship Delivery 2020

On Tuesday 14 March the Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) hosted a Dinner Discussion on the topic of ‘Apprenticeship Delivery 2020’. The event was chaired by Neil Carmichael MP, member of the Education Select Committee, and the guest speaker was Sue Husband, Executive Director at the National Apprenticeship Service. 

Apprentices from a range of organisations attended the dinner with five asking questions to the chair and speaker. These apprentices were: Romilly Lacey, Avionics Apprentice, Qinetiq; Sophie Paveling, Coca-Cola European Partners Apprentice of the Year, Coca Cola; Mia Bromige, Software Engineering Apprentice, Thales; Katrina Todd, Training & Communications Analyst and 2016 Business Apprentice Intake Leader, Caterpillar, and Lydia Barlow-Fell, Legal Apprentice, Berwin Leighton Paisner.

The Government’s target of three million new apprenticeship places by 2020 was a key aspect of the 2015 Queen’s speech. It laid out the Government’s route to achieve this target through ‘Apprenticeships 2020 Vision’, which makes clear the intent to inspire employers to take full responsibility over apprenticeship delivery through the design and ownership of approved standards.  The importance of apprenticeship delivery continues to maintain cross-party consensus; but how best should we ensure that businesses, colleges and students have confidence in the system of the future?

The central discussion themes of the evening focused on:

  • How can apprenticeships be seen as desirable as university and other higher education options, degree apprenticeships are higher education?
  • Ensuring that apprenticeships work for employers and apprentices, delivering high quality apprenticeships and delivering the technical and professional skilled workers needed post-Brexit.
  • Embracing diversity in apprenticeships, regardless of age, gender, background and circumstances – particularly BAME communities and women in STEM

Words by Jessica Goldsack