The Skills Minister has invited the Industry Apprentice Council (IAC) to play a central role in important government discussions on the future of Apprenticeships.

Matthew Hancock MP has invited the IAC to a round table on government’s response to the Richard Review of Apprenticeships, including the implementation of grading and end of point assessment, whether off-site learning should be mandatory and how employers can be supported to engage learners.

The invitation was extended to the group at the IAC’s official launch at EAL’s ‘Learner Voice’ parliamentary reception at the House of Commons. The Minister spoke at the event after members of the IAC outlined their vision for apprentice input in the future of Apprenticeships in the UK.

Mr Hancock said: “I would like to invite the Industry Apprentice Council to a round table on the Richard Review. As we have employers involved in a round table, as we have education organisations involved in a round table, I would like to invite the IAC to be involved too.”

EAL, the specialist awarding organisation for industry qualifications, founded and supports the Industry Apprentice Council alongside IMI Awards, the leading awarding body for the retail motor industry.

Ann Watson, Managing Director of EAL, said: “We are thrilled industry apprentices will input directly into the future of Apprenticeships in the UK. The round table discussions on government’s Richard Review consultation are an excellent opportunity for the IAC’s members to have their say on government policy and help revolutionise the vocational pathway for learners across the country.

“The IAC was founded in partnership between EAL and IMI Awards to give a voice to industry apprentices and enable them to lead the way inspiring other young people to follow in their footsteps. It is our way of re-investing in the industries we serve and we hope the IAC will have a lasting impact in showing the real benefits that industry Apprenticeships offer.”

The Learner Voice parliamentary reception was hosted by Gordon Birtwistle MP, Apprenticeship Ambassador for Business and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Apprenticeships Group (APPAG).

Parliamentarians, education organisations and employers gathered to mark the official launch of the IAC at the event, which also saw the Shadow Minister for Further Education, Skills and Regional Growth, Gordon Marsden MP, invite the IAC to feedback into Labour Party policy on Apprenticeships.

The IAC consists of 14 apprentices aged 18 to 24 years old, from companies including: Airbus, BAE Systems, Caunton Engineering, DAF Trucks, Ford Dealerships, Ford GB, KMF, MBDA, National Grid, Nestlé and Vauxhall.

For further information or to get in touch with the IAC visit the official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/IndustryApprenticeCouncil.

Government’s consultation on its formal response to The Richard’s Review of Apprenticeships closes on May 22.

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