New research has highlighted the value of giving employers the power to design apprenticeships in order to address the skills needed by industry. The research, which was collected via interviews with employers involved in the trailblazer programme, shows that allowing employers to design new apprenticeships leads to a greater understanding of the skills that apprentices will gain and the relevance of these to their organisation.The trailblazers programme, designed to ensure a higher level of apprenticeships, has demonstrated success. The initiative allows groups of employers to join together to design apprenticeships that develop the skills of their current and future workforce.
More than 200 new employers have joined the 1,000 plus organisations already designing apprenticeships. Skills minister Nick Boles said: “I am delighted to announce that these 200 new employers will be designing top quality apprenticeships. Giving leading firms from British Gas to video games manufacturer Ubisoft the power to design and deliver high quality apprenticeships, means we can ensure more young people have the skills our economy vitally needs. “Apprenticeships play a key role in the success of our long term economic plan and, with more than two million apprenticeships started since 2010, I am proud to say our reforms are delivering for businesses and young people.” Read more about apprenticeships:
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