Steve Bratt is the CEO of the ECA, Electrical Contractors’ Association, and he is applauding the plan by the Government to raise the vocational training profile, but he warns that only apprenticeships that are industry recognised should take the credit.
He has said that he is pleases to see the profile of vocational training being raised, and that for too long now apprenticeships have been viewed as coming a poor second to a degree. He added that if we are to make the apprenticeship programme in the UK world class., as pledged by Vince Cable, then its vitally important that the public give apprenticeships the recognition they deserve.
Bratt goes on to say: “While this and measures to create additional apprenticeship places are to be applauded, I would urge Government to think carefully when determining the criteria for an apprenticeship, as well as Government funding. We must ensure that these apply to industry-recognised qualifications that are meaningful and provide benefit to employers. There are a number of short courses, which fail to adequately train, and ultimately leave people under-qualified and out of pocket. These are not true apprenticeships as they do not provide the vital work experience required by employers.”
Bratt concludes: “Our country is at a cross roads and if we don’t act now to shore up the skills deficit in our craft industries by investing in skilled apprenticeships, we will have little chance of successfully emerging out of the recession.”