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Anne Milton: ensuring apprenticeship standards remain high
18 April 2019
Skills minister Anne Milton writes in the spring issue of The Student Employer about the apprenticeship reforms and the drive to ensure standards remain high.
One of the very best parts about my job is meeting apprentices and employers and hearing their amazing stories.
National Apprenticeship Week
National Apprenticeships Week ran in March, which is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the amazing opportunities apprenticeships offer. It was a record-breaking year, with over 1000 events taking place across the country! During the week I travelled to Bolton, Bristol, Devon, Cornwall, Bradford and East London, meeting apprentices of all ages and backgrounds as well as their employers and training providers to hear about their extraordinary journeys.
We reformed the apprenticeships system almost two years ago - working with employers to design the new system because it is employers and not government who are best placed to decide what skills apprentices need for their businesses.
Challenging outdated attitudes
To help change perception, we have launched our brilliant new apprenticeships campaign to challenge the outdated view of apprenticeships and to raise awareness of the huge variety of options available for people of all ages and backgrounds across the country. Our real live apprentice stars are of all ages and backgrounds. There’s Sarah, who is retraining as a nursing assistant in her 50s and then there is 20-year-old Megan who is training to be a building design engineer at construction firm Troup, Bywaters & Anders. Their stories and journeys are truly inspirational.
I am hugely proud of the progress we have made, and we make sure everyone knows about how great apprenticeships are. Please check out our new website www.apprenticeships.gov.uk to find out more about how you can help kick start someone’s career today and benefit your business by taking on an apprentice. Let’s continue to work together to spread the word and help change more lives for the better!
This is from the spring issue of the ISE’s The Student Employer magazine, available to read online now.
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