Derbyshire business leaders welcome plan to give employers apprenticeship control
BUSINESS leaders in Derbyshire have welcomed plans to give employers control of their apprenticeship qualifications.
The proposal by the Government comes in response to a review last year of apprenticeships in Britain by Doug Richard, the former Dragon’s Den entrepreneur.
He called for employers to be put in charge of the £1.5 billion a year government funding for on-the-job training.
This morning, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced that a programme to revise how apprenticeships are managed would begin with a formal consultation.
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Ian Greenaway, president of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “Allowing employers to design their own training programmes and qualifications is something the chamber welcomes.
“It is the employers who know what skills they need young people to have to drive their businesses forward and each industry has its own specific needs.
“I have no doubt that the consultation will identify to Ministers exactly what business needs and will identify how those needs can be best met through bespoke training programmes rather than the one-size-fits-all approach which prevails at the moment.”
The Government’s formal consultation will start on May 22.