We need a proper framework for apprenticeships

Wednesday 15 February 2017

With just weeks to go before the apprenticeship levy and the apprenticeship standards come on line, we are in urgent need of a proper regulatory framework, says NOCN MD Graham Hasting-Evans in FE Week.

He says: “There is no newly-established regulatory framework for the reformed (trailblazer) apprenticeships starting in just a few months, or for the soon-to-emerge technical qualifications arising from the post-16 skills plan. Agreements between the Skills Funding Agency and employers, as well as training providers, have been prepared to control the levy but they are principally about money, not quality assurance and regulation. They are not a regulatory framework for the control of apprenticeship end-point assessments and technical qualifications.”

NOCN is a market-leading Apprenticeship Assessment Organisation appointed by the Government to provide End Point Assessments in a range of sectors. Graham believes that the approach to oversight of assessment organisations is fragmented and that this will have a detrimental impact on public confidence.

Read what he thinks needs to be done in his expert piece in this week’s FE Week here:

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