The IAC members with Skills Minister Matthew Hancock MP. Photo: FE Week

The Industry Apprentice Council (IAC) will be outlining its response to the government’s Richard’s Review consultation at the House of Commons next week.

The announcement will be made at EAL’s ‘Learner Voice’ Parliamentary Reception, hosted by government’s Apprenticeship Ambassador to Business Gordon Birtwistle MP. The reception also marks the official launch of the IAC, a group of 14 industry apprentices from leading UK manufacturing and engineering employers.

Supported and funded by awarding organisations EAL and IMI Awards, the IAC gives apprentices a unique opportunity to add their voice to the national debate on vocational learning. The Parliamentary Reception will see its members address employers, education organisations and parliamentarians on the issues they believe should be top of the agenda.

Also set to speak at the event, taking place on Wednesday, May 15th, are the Skills Minister Matthew Hancock MP and the Shadow Minister for Further Education, Skills and Regional Growth, Gordon Marsden MP.

Ann Watson, Managing Director of EAL, the specialist awarding organisation for industry qualifications, said: “The IAC was founded and is supported by partners EAL and IMI Awards to give a voice to industry apprentices and enable them to lead the way in 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 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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