The International Centre for Guidance Studies, College of Education University of Derby and Pearson UK have published a research report – World-class apprenticeship standards: Report and recommendations.
The aim of this research was to identify world-class apprenticeship standards and to make suggestions as to how these could be applied to the English system. World-class means that the standards described are acknowledged to be among the best in the world. Thirteen indicators for world-class apprenticeship standards were identified through the research and these have been divided into four sub’sections: (1) training, (2) skills and expertise, (3) recognition and (4) progression.
The findings from the research suggest that world-class apprenticeship standards require:
- extended apprenticeships of between three and four years
- broad and in-depth scientific and industrial skills and knowledge
- the presence of a ‘master’ in the company to train an apprentice
- high-quality knowledge-based education and training
- recognition through an occupational title on completion of the training
- apprentices to acquire all the skills and knowledge necessary to work effectively in an occupation
- apprentices to become skilled workers in an occupational area with a critical and creative approach and
- progression routes into employment as well as into further education and training.
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