High-level endorsement for NIACE Apprentice Charter

5th March 2015

The think-tank Demos have today endorsed NIACE’s proposals for an Apprentice Charter.

In their report of the Commission on Apprenticeships, they state –

The Commission notes and endorses the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education’s call for an apprenticeship charter, which would serve as a quality mark, awarded to employers who demonstrate commitment to high quality learning in apprenticeships and to future learning progression. The Commission supports the creation of a national quality standard, run along the lines of Investors in People.

The Government should provide support for an apprenticeship charter, which would serve as a quality mark, awarded to employers who demonstrate commitment to high quality learning in apprenticeships and to future learning progression.

David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE, said:

“We are pleased that Demos have supported our call for an Apprentice Charter which is one of six priorities for the next Government, as detailed in our manifestoSkills for Prosperity. While Apprenticeships have cross-party support, we must ensure that each apprentice is given the skills they need for their whole career and not just their current job. The Charter will ensure that the interests of the apprentice matches those of their employer. It will provide the apprentice with a clear understanding of the contribution they must make and provide a commitment from employers that their apprentices will be given the best possible experience.”

NIACE will be publishing a Concept Paper of the Apprentice Charter next week as part of National Apprenticeship Week. Anyone wishing to receive a copy of the Concept Paper please email: [email protected]