More than 250 responses were received for the recent Defining an Apprenticeship consultation undertaken by the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board (SAAB). Around 11% of responses were received from Independent Training Providers and 6% from Colleges.
The consultation sought views on a range of issues including the introduction of mandatory off the job learning – and the introduction of a minimum duration for apprenticeships.
A detailed analysis of the results is currently being undertaken and will be discussed by SAAB at its next meeting in March. Any changes to apprenticeship programmes recommended by SAAB will require endorsement by Scottish Government before implementation.
STF will keep its members updated with developments in this area as they become available.