A BUILDING industry group has supported calls for action to “restore the apprenticeship brand”.
A report by MPs on the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee has called for a single definition of an apprentice – while recognising the crucial role of apprenticeships in providing valuable employment opportunities and supporting sustainable economic growth.
The Federation of Master Builders said the report echoed many of its recommendations.
They include creating a single definition to clarify the apprenticeship brand and enable effective regulation as well as making sure they are employer-led and that qualifications are designed to equip the learner with the skills required by the sector.
Employers in the construction industry also believe apprenticeships are the best way to learn a trade and levels of satisfaction from learners and employers are high.
And they argue that a clear, single definition of an apprenticeship would help remove inequalities in funding, training standards and achievements across different sectors.
The FMB has consistently argued that the volume of apprenticeships must not be prioritised over quality – and the apprenticeship brand must not be put at risk because of an inconsistent approach to provision.
Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, said: “I congratulate the committee on a clear set of evidence-based recommendations.
“The Government has already demonstrated its commitment to supporting apprenticeships and its aspiration to raise their status to put them on an equal footing with university.
“Now we just need to ensure the commitment and the funding are applied in the most effective way possible.
“I hope the Government will carefully consider each of the committee’s recommendations and I look forward to its formal response.”