CIPD's response to Modern Apprenticeships consultationby
The CIPD has published a response to the consultation document on Modern Apprenticeships (MAs), launched by the government to link in with the changes afoot announced in the White Paper 'Learning to Succeed'.
The government has wanted to re-examine the key parts of both Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships to try and ensure a better fit with employers requirements. The consultation document was published on 27 June and detailed a number of areas for improvements the government wanted to look at. In consulting it has canvassed opinion over ten weeks from focus groups, partner organisations and National Training Organisations.
The CIPD raises a number of key questions:
The government has already published responses to some of these criticisms on the MA consultation website. It says that it wants to look at 'innovative ways of delivering knowledge' by increasing the taught element of the programmes, and is tightening entry requirements because "too many young people have been allowed into Modern Apprenticeships when it was not in their best interests", but says it is keen that they aren't solely based on educational qualifications.
The government also wants to guarantee an apprenticeship for all young people aged 16 to 18 to target the 80,000 who are currently undertaking training not specifically geared to the workplace. It is also thinking about introducing 'technical certificates', tests of theory to sit alongside NVQs.
The final recommendations as to the future of Modern Apprenticeships are to be put to Ministers this month.