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NOCN responds to Parliament apprenticeship inquiry

NOCN has submitted its evidence as part of Parliament's inquiry into apprenticeships. This document states NOCN's position and addresses the potential challenges which may affect the success of this flagship Government programme.

Summary of NOCN's position

NOCN supports the Government's policy to improve the quality of apprenticeships by fundamental reforms so that as a result, skills and productivity within the economy will increase.

However, NOCN sees that there are a number of major concerns in the way the reforms and their implementation have been managed and which are holding back progress and could potentially result in the policy not meeting its objective.

Links to apprenticeships inquiry documents:

  • Inquiry: Apprenticeships
  • Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy

Focus of the inquiry

This inquiry is set to look at issues such as the Government’s target of three million apprentices by 2020, how the Government proposes to achieve this, and how this may affect the 'skills gap' in the UK. The sub-Committee is also likely to look at the apprenticeship levy, the proposed Institute for Apprenticeships, and routes to achieving higher level apprenticeship qualifications.

The Committee has asked for written evidence which addresses the following points:

  • The target of three million apprentices by 2020, how the Government proposes to achieve this and how this may affect the 'skills gap'
  • The proposal for an apprenticeships levy and how this may be implemented
  • The institutional architecture of current provision and how this may be affected by the proposed Institute for Apprenticeships
  • Take-up of apprenticeships amongst 16–19 year olds and steps that can be taken to make more young people aware of available opportunities
  • The process of applying for apprenticeships
  • Routes for progression to higher qualifications for current apprentices
  • The quality of, and minimum standards for, apprenticeships, and how standards can be enforced
  • Lessons from other countries’ approaches to apprenticeships