National Apprenticeship Week is approaching and will provide an opportunity to champion both excellent Apprentices and inspiring employers. At Alderwood, we want to take this opportunity to also celebrate the integral role of those working within the training industry. After all, it is those involved in the delivery of Apprenticeship schemes who make the up-skilling of individuals and the Government's targets for Apprenticeships a reality.
Train to Gain into Apprenticeship delivery, Permanent into Freelance - what next for FE professionals? The FE and Skills industry is changing. With the changes in funding from Train to Gain into Apprenticeships and the Work Programme. Many Assessors who previously specialised in delivering NVQ's are now delivering Apprenticeships. The changes in funding strategy has also meant that Assessors, Verifiers and Tutors are not just being asked to change what programmes they deliver, but the way that they work to, with a seismic shift from Permanent to Freelance Assessor job vacancies being advertised across the sector.
So what to look out for next? The government's many shake ups within the education system have definitely rocked the boat in 2010. The Work Based Learning sector has seen many changes, with inevitable impacts for those working within it. The most notable of these was the government's decision to put the final nail in the Train to Gain coffin, whilst also committing to a increased investment in Apprenticeship schemes. On a delivery level, there have also been emerging and growing courses, such as the increase in BIT/ PMO delivery, in response to the economy's recovery from the recession and the new STLS courses. But what will really be the area to watch in 2011 for those within the education & training industry?
National Apprenticeship Week 2011 is finally here and with the Government's recent investment into apprenticeships, it is set to be the most exciting yet. As we are all aware £605 million has been placed into apprenticeship schemes across the country; therefore this week will see not only an increase in excitement and anticipation, but a whole lot of planning how to spend and invest in our youth of today.