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Apprentices: Curriculum

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he has taken to involve industry and businesses in the content of apprenticeship courses. (134762)

We have listened to employers and have involved industry and businesses extensively in the development of apprenticeships resulting in improvements to apprenticeship frameworks to keep them up-to-date and to make them more flexible. We will be working ever more closely with employer organisations to deliver the planned apprenticeship entitlement and the Leitch UK target of 500,000 apprentices by 2020. Development of new or revised apprenticeship frameworks for each industry are the responsibility of Sector Skills Councils (SSCs). Each SSC is an employer-led, independent organisation that covers a specific sector across the UK and provides employers with a unique forum to express the skills and productivity needs that are pertinent to the sector. Apprenticeship frameworks therefore reflect employer needs and requirements.

Frameworks are also submitted to a group of SSC peers for approval and to ensure minimum qualification requirements are met.