FAB welcomes simplified approach to quality assurance of Apprenticeships

February 27, 2020

Commenting on today’s publication of the consultation on simplifying apprenticeship external quality assurance (EQA) issued by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE), the Federation’s Chief executive, Tom Bewick, said:

“FAB welcomes the plan to simplify apprenticeship quality assurance in future. It was always a crazy proposition to have so many statutory and nonstatutory bodies checking on the work of End-Point Assessment Organisations when this is not the case, for example, in how apprenticeship providers are inspected for quality. It has unfortunately resulted in a nascent market turning into a Wild-West market in some parts.

“Moreover, we are at a critical moment where public confidence in the integrity and robustness of quality in the apprenticeship system in England has been thrown into doubt, so I welcome IfATE’s move, under new leadership, to make this a statutory-led service in future, paid for directly by government.

“One important issue for Ofqual and OFS in taking over this role is that they will need to balance the call for standardised and consistent regulation, with the legitimate desire to ensure industry expertise in the design and delivery of assessment. As experts on awarding and assessment, FAB members stand ready to play their part in the move to a more streamlined system of quality assurance. We have long argued for a better system of ensuring public confidence in apprenticeships. Only that way can we secure the world-class apprenticeships model that ministers, employers and learners want to see.”