Today’s post comes courtesy of Roger Francis, HR & Services Director at MindLeaders ThirdForce
I’ve just spent the last two hours navigating my way through the 100 pages of George Osborne’s Autumn Statement. Hidden beneath the headlines are some important commitments on Skills Provision and to save you the pain of ploughing through a never ending PDF, here are the key points:
- The government has confirmed that providers will be required to train all Apprentices up to Level 2 in Functional Skills
- There will be an increased focus on Higher Apprenticeships and providers will be encouraged to bid for additional funding in 2012
- There will be a major employer-led review into the quality and standards of Apprenticeships, reporting in Spring 2012
- The government will fund a £250m pilot scheme to channel skills funding directly to employers in order for them to design and develop their own vocational training programmes
- The government confirms its commitment to adult numeracy and literacy training but will reform the provision and pilot new funding schemes to incentivise success
- A new £50m scheme will be launched to support 16-17 year old young adults not in education, employment or training (NEETs).
We welcome all these initiatives. In particular we expect that Functional Skills will not only become the required standard for Apprenticeships but will also be the cornerstone of standalone adult numeracy and literacy and can form the backbone of pre-Apprenticeship or pre-job training for NEETs.
Having developed a hugely successful delivery solution for Functional Skills, we believe that we have a major role to play in helping to implement these initiatives and are looking forward to working with government agencies, organisations such as the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) and both existing and future customers to implement these important initiatives.