Clearview South July 2014 - Issue 152 - Page 19

INDUSTRYNEWS Minister reinforces importance of apprenticeship reforms On 2 June, Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock (pictured) spoke at the annual Association of Education Learning Providers (AELP) conference about the importance of the government’s apprenticeship reforms and how giving employer’s control of the design and funding of apprenticeships will help to drive up quality. He said: “For the first time, a new generation of young people are seeing apprenticeships as the route to a brighter future. Now is the time to reform the apprenticeship system in order to put it at the forefront of economic growth for years to come. Alongside universities, apprenticeships are the new norm for young people leaving school. “I also want apprenticeships to become the first choice for businesses and employers of all sizes. By driving up the rigour and responsiveness, we can prove their worth to these groups and encourage even more employers to take on an apprentice. “Apprenticeships will deliver higher quality across the board, skills relevant to the future and give everyone in the country the opportunity to realise their potential. I am calling for businesses to come alongside us and we can go forward together. The road ahead will not be easy, but for that goal, it is surely worth travelling.” The Next Generation of Vertical Sliders FUNDING FOR EMPLOYERS The Minister built on recent support for the principles of the funding reforms and set out how the system will be trialled with the Trailblazer employers in 2014 to 2015. The first phase of the Apprenticeship Trailblazers began in October 2013, with gro W2