21 May 2013

IChemE supports reform of apprenticeships

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A Government consultation on the future of apprenticeships in England, which aims to put control of the scheme firmly in the hands of employers, has received the support of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), a leading professional organisation that is preparing to accredit apprenticeships to ensure their quality.

The consultation follows publication of The Richard Review of Apprenticeships by Doug Richard in November last year, which made proposals on issues including the role of employers, standards, teaching methods, testing and funding.

Responding to the consultation, called The Future of Apprenticeships in England: Next Steps from the Richard Review, the Engineering Council – which is the UK regulatory body for the engineering profession and represents IChemE and other professional engineering institutions on education and skills policy issues to government – gave strong backing to proposals which put employers at the heart of the design and delivery of apprenticeships, and the need to make apprenticeships rigorous and responsive to employers’ needs.

In its consultation response, the Engineering Council advocated the important role of professional registration to raise standards and the reputation of apprenticeships.

IChemE chief executive David Brown said: “In his review Doug Richard identified that new apprenticeship qualifications should be clearly linked to existing and well-recognised certification processes within sectors and across professions.

“IChemE and the other 35 professional engineering institutions already have a single robust system for professional registration in place. It meets the criteria recommended by Richard and will re-assure employers that engineering apprentices completing their qualification have met the required level of competence.

“IChemE is already a big supporter of apprenticeships and their importance to young people entering chemical engineering and helping to develop skills. These latest proposals build on their success and will help to maintain apprenticeships as a credible route into chemical engineering in the future.”

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