BIS committee to visit Sheffield for apprenticeship inquiry

Posted on 13 Feb 2012

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee will visit Sheffield on March 5-6, as part or its inquiry into apprenticeships, it was announced.

Formal evidence sessions with both apprentices and employers offering apprenticeship schemes will be held.

Adrian Bailey MP, chairman of the BIS Select Committee, said: “Sheffield is home to a number of significant organisations and employers offering innovative and meaningful apprenticeship schemes. Visiting Sheffield will allow us to take evidence from a wide range of interested parties.”

Other visits and formal evidence sessions will be announced shortly.

“This is a hugely important inquiry; apprenticeships are vital to boosting employment and growth throughout the country,” Bailey said. “The Committee feels it is vital that apprenticeships are structured in such a way so as to maximise their potential and to provide young people in the UK with requisite skills for future success.”

The terms of reference for the inquiry are the following:

– How successful has the National Apprenticeship Service been since it was created in April 2009? Has it helped bridge the gap between the two funding Departments? (BIS and DfE)

– Is the extra funding promised by the Coalition Government necessary for apprenticeships? How can this funding best be spent?

– Are apprenticeships of a high enough quality to benefit apprentices and their employers? Should there be more Level 3 apprenticeships?

– Apprenticeship bonuses – how should they function? Will they encourage the involvement of more small and medium sized businesses to take on apprentices? If not what will?

– Is the current funding arrangement for training of apprentices of 100% for 16-18 year olds and 50% for 19-24 year-olds appropriate?