Four sector experts give their verdict on the Institute for Apprenticeships
Professor Ewart Keep, director of Oxford University’s Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance: “The Institute for Apprenticeships has been effective in getting to grips with the process of designing and setting new apprenticeship standards. Its biggest challenge will be on encouraging more employers to accept the need for higher-quality apprenticeships while trying to meet the government’s meaningless 3 million starts target.”
Mark Froud, managing director, Federation for Industry Sector Skills and Standards: “This is an organisation that is helping to introduce profound change – among employers and the whole supply side. Such a change will not happen overnight, as both the demand and supply sides get used to the new approach. Not everything has worked perfectly, but the IfA is listening and adapting”.
John Cope, head of education and skills at the CBI: “Business supports the institute’s recent strategy to speed up the standards process and improve support for trailblazer groups, something the CBI has long called for. These are important steps to make sure the system is responsive to the needs of young people and businesses across the country.”
David Laws, executive chairman, Education Policy Institute: “It’s too soon to say if the Institute for Apprenticeships has successfully delivered on the new apprenticeships policy. There is a long way to go before we have a successful and thriving system, but it’s too soon to write-off their work and progress to date.”