FE News catches up with Pete Marples, co-owner of training provider Aspire Achieve Advance, at the Voice of Apprenticeships conference. He sets out 'The Marples 10 point manifesto' for training and skills listed below:

Point 1: - Bring apprenticeship wages to at least £125 per week

Point 2 - See a Government review of the role of FE for the next 30 years - it will look very different to the structure we have now

Point 3 - Harmonise funding for 19-21 to that of 16-18 to reduce the number of NEETs

Point 4 - - Implement funding reforms to place providers at the heart of the system using a voucher system

Pont 5 - Improve the regulation of trainers and assessors so learners benefit

Point 6 - For BIS / SFA to review the role subcontracting should play in the system

Point 7 - Promote apprenticeships to SMEs, which make up 80% of all starts

Point 8 - Motivate the sector to deliver value added level 3 and 4 apprenticeship starts through increasing the employer discount

Point 9 - Abolish funding for 23+ and use it to fund apprenticeship starts

Ponit 10 - Recognise that the Trailblazers are remarkebly similar to existing frameworks but are costing two or three times the cost to implement 

 

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