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IPPR publishes review of new apprenticeship system

14 December 2017

Thinktank IPPR has today published a review of the Government's new apprenticeship system for England. In response, Teresa Frith, Senior Skills Policy Manager at the Association of Colleges, said: “There is no simple answer to the inclusion of qualifications within apprenticeship standards. There is currently nothing to stop a provider from including a qualification in their apprenticeship programme if they wish to do so, other than the commercial impact this might have on their offer. “We share some of the concerns expressed within the IPPR report. Whilst it is to be hoped that ultimately, an apprenticeship standard certificate will be seen as a national benchmark of competency for the successful apprentice, an embedded qualification can add value in terms of portability between sectors and help protect apprentices from overly job-specific job training.”