Mohammad Asghar, shadow Minister for Skills in the National Assembly for Wales, has welcomed a new report which calls on the Welsh Government to consider introducing its own skills levy for Wales, to establish a lead body to govern the quality of apprenticeships and to clearly define the purpose of apprenticeships.
Mohammad Asghar AM attended a reception at the Senedd in Cardiff on Tuesday, January 29 when the City & Guilds and the National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW) launched a thought-provoking, independent report, ‘Maximising the Value of Apprenticeships to Wales’.
The report was commissioned by City & Guilds and the National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW) with support from the City & Guilds National Advisory Committee for Wales to look at ways of further improving the successful Apprenticeships Programme in Wales.
Researched and written by the vastly experienced David Sherlock, CBE and Nicky Perry, MBE, of Beyond Standards, the report is the first of its type specifically focused on apprenticeships in Wales.
In their response to the report, City & Guilds and the NTfW are calling on the Welsh Government to:
- Publish a clear statement on the purpose of Apprenticeships which includes clarity on the target age group and the intended level of outcomes and progression.
- Establish a lead body to govern the quality of Apprenticeships at a national level including assessing performance against quality, progression, employment outcomes and impact. This body would report regularly to the Welsh Government.
- Undertake a comprehensive review of the UK Apprenticeship levy as it affects Wales, which meets the needs of employers and individuals, aligns with systems across the UK but continues to give priority to Apprenticeships in Wales. The research suggests that the Welsh Government may need to replace the existing levy with a broader skills levy that ensures maximum return for employers.
Mohammad Asghar AM said:
“I very much welcome this report which makes an important contribution to the debate on how we can maximise the benefit of apprenticeships in Wales to ensure we have the highly skilled workforce that employers will require in the future.”