Apprenticeships are changing...

Apprenticeships are changing. Our commitment to apprentices never will.

27 February 2015 / Be the first to comment

The implementation plan for the apprenticeship reforms is well underway and City & Guilds is at the heart of the changes. As we approach National Apprenticeship Week, Bill Twigg, Senior Apprenticeships Manager at City & Guilds, reflects on the changes and City & Guilds’ response. 

With big change afoot for the apprenticeship landscape, this year’s National Apprenticeship Week will be a vital opportunity for all key stakeholders to discuss the impact of the reforms and how we need to work together to create a sustainable future for apprenticeships.

At City & Guilds we recognise the growing concern amongst FE Colleges and Training Providers about exactly what the changes mean for them, and we will provide support and guidance through the changes. Our specialist teams are supporting over two thirds of the trailblazer groups, responding to individual needs for qualifications and helping to shape work roles and assessment plans, and we will feed this information back to centres as it develops. In the build up to National Apprenticeship Week we will be launching an information hub that is designed to provide updates on trailblazer groups and the work roles and assessment plans as they develop. All three phases of the trailblazers are underway and we will continue to work with employer groups as new ones emerge.

At City & Guilds we are excited to be leading a debate at the Voice of Apprenticeships Conference. Chris Jones and Kirstie Donnelly will pose the question, ‘Apprenticeships Quality vs Quantity: How do we ensure apprenticeships deliver long-term benefits for individuals, employers and the country as a whole?’ They will be joined by an esteemed panel, Professor Bill Lucas from the Centre for Real-World Learning, Ann Brown from Nationwide, Sue Price from First4Skills, Jean Duprez from K&M McLoughlin Decorating and Tiana Locker from City & Guilds Apprentice Connect. This promises to be a well rounded debate and we would encourage our followers to post questions to the panel via Twitter - @cityandguilds using #VoACask

At the conference we are also delighted that Professor Bill Lucas and Alan Howard will be facilitating workshops to consider how we can put learning back at the heart of apprenticeships, drawing on the research, Remaking Apprenticeships¸ recently published by the City & Guilds Alliance and written by Bill Lucas and Ellen Spencer. We all know that the future of the UK economy rests on our ability to meet the skills needs of industry and if we take the right approach and embed learning and assessment at the heart of apprenticeships, as well as ensure they are designed to meet employer’s needs, we can ensure the UK’s apprenticeship system will compete with the very best on the world stage.

Following on from this we will continue the discussion at FE Week’s Annual Apprenticeship Conference on 9 and 10 March, where members of our team will be there to answer any questions about the changes and how City & Guilds can support centres, employers and learners.

We look forward to seeing you during National Apprenticeship Week. If you have any comments or questions please do get in touch at

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