The Government’s response to the Richard Review on Apprenticeships was more than welcome. For those who have not read the Richard Review, I would encourage you to do so. It’s a straightforward, down-to-earth and positive take on how our apprenticeships should be working.
One of the key recommendations of the Richard Review of Apprenticeships was that apprenticeship programmes should be employer-led. But what does this mean in the real world and why is it so important?
I saw an interesting comment on Facebook recently, about the validity of current apprenticeships, which said, “I hope these are going to be real apprenticeships that last 4 or 5 years with HNCs or similar at the end of them as we had in the 60s and 70s.”
I really did welcome David Cameron’s speech, when he visited a training academy in Buckinghamshire. Perhaps more than ever before, the strength of the Government's commitment to apprenticeships was in evidence.
As someone who champions skills in the logistics sector, I find it frustrating that roles within the sector – such as shelf-stacking – are often cited as the lowest possible denominator. The reality is that, however humble these jobs are, they are as valuable to society as any other – and should be given equal respect.
It has to be admitted that the logistics sector is one which comes with a whole bunch of preconceptions. Some of these are right, some of these are wrong.