UK’s biggest apprentice debate to take place in London

Posted on 28 Feb 2014 by The Manufacturer

The UK’s biggest apprenticeship debate is set to take place in London next week in one of the flagship events marking National Apprenticeship Week.

The Apprentice Debate, due to take place at the Voice of Apprenticeship conference, is expected to see hundreds of apprentices descend on the capital city to discuss current and future issues of apprenticeships.

Chaired by the Industry Apprentice Council (IAC), it will see debate centred on careers advice and guidance in schools and colleges, as well as perceptions of apprenticeships and how best the vocational pathway can be promoted to young people.

Skills and enterprise minister Matthew Hancock will also participate in the debate, which was set up by industry awarding organisation EAL.

QA Training CEO Ben Pike said: “We are excited to play a part in shaping the future of apprenticeships in the UK and proud to help apprentices challenge the perceptions they face.

“The Apprentice Debate is a fantastic opportunity for young people to have their say on the future of the vocational pathway and debate with the skills and enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock MP.”

Since the launch of the IAC, members have attended parliamentary debates and input into Government’s Apprenticeships Implementation Plan, which outlines plans for the future of the vocational pathway.

TM’s Victoria Fitzgerald will be reporting on the debate next week, which coincides with National Apprenticeship Week from 3-7 March.