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Peter Sherry’s learning and development blog – all things training, apprenticeships, pre-employment training and strategy.

Understanding the Government’s response to the Richard Review on Apprenticeships

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.

Why apprenticeships should be employer-led

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?

When is an apprenticeship not an apprenticeship?

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.”

David Cameron: apprenticeships will be the new norm

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.

Giving logistics the respect it deserves

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.

Not just a job, but a real career

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.