Apprenticeship momentum growth provides learner and employer opportunity

24-08-18

ColegauCymru call for apprenticeship flexibility and is equally keen for the Welsh Apprenticeship Advisory Board to work transparently to design and evolve frameworks in conjunction with industry demand as levy creates momentum and increased take up.

Welcoming the EIS Committee's recommendations in the Apprenticeship Levy: one year on report, Iestyn Davies, Chief Executive of ColegauCymru the post compulsory education charity said "the promotion of apprenticeships has succeeded to reach out and provide a different route into education, training and skills to learners from all backgrounds. However the move to focus on higher level apprenticeships should in no way endanger access to lower level apprenticeships. The focus must remain on high-quality apprenticeships routes that are open to all learners".

Referencing the report Mr. Davies continued "jobs in the foundation economy are no way capped as low-level jobs, there are career progression opportunities that need to be promoted and facilitated". He concluded "as we recognise the distance travelled a year on, it remains important to remember that vocational education and training is about more than just apprenticeships, and that other learning options are available".

This report is a timely reminder to Welsh Government and apprenticeship providers to build on the surge in interest and encourage greater engagement between employers and young people. Welsh Government should continue to keep the impact of the levy under review and report regularly on progress.

ColegauCymru thank the EIS committee for the opportunity to respond and are referenced in the report. Photo: www.assembly.wales National Assembly for Wales Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee Apprenticeship Levy:one year on report below http://www.collegeswales.ac.uk/uploads/img/Apprenticeship%20Levy%20follow%20up%20report%20-%20English.pdf