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Apprenticeships

Overall Position

We support the aims of improving the nation?s productivity and social mobility by creating the world?s leading technical and professional skills sector, providing employers with the skilled staff they require, and employees with recognised, valued and accredited transferable skills through a system that is open to all and provides good value to the taxpayer. It is vital that high quality apprenticeships are available to a wide and inclusive range of learners in society who can benefit from the opportunities provided by this route to learning and work.

Top priorities

As the reforms continue to be implemented, the overall apprenticeship system could be further strengthened by ensuring that:

  1. All apprenticeships include regulated qualifications, awarded by regulated awarding organisations.
  2. All apprenticeship standards and assessment plans are fit for purpose and support the development of high quality, valid, end-point assessments.
  3. External quality assurance (EQA) is robust, consistent and fair to provide confidence for apprentices, employers and the wider public that every apprentice has met the standard required of them.
  4. The independence of end point assessment is protected to ensure there is no conflict of interest for those responsible for making the assessment decision.

Key Actions

Since the reforms started, FAB has:

  1. Secured quarterly meetings between our CEO and Sir Gerry Berragan, CEO of the Institute, to ensure ongoing strategic dialogue about apprenticeships and technical education more broadly.
  2. Lobbied for, and secured, a place on the Institute?s Quality Alliance to ensure awarding organisations and members who are also End Point Assessment Organisations have a voice within the governance structure of the Institute.
  3. Established regular meetings between our Board and senior officers of ESFA and the institute, where members? issues can be raised and solutions-based actions agreed.
  4. Made the case for the value of qualifications in apprenticeships and welcomed the recent positive shift in policy in terms of which types of qualifications may be included in standards.

Key policy documents

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