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CITB HAS RESPONDED to a new report on apprenticeships by saying that funding must meet employer demand. The wide-ranging report, by the National Audit Office (NAO), looks at how to maximise benefits from the Government’s apprenticeships programme. In the report, the NAO said: “The Department for Education has not set out how it will use the increase in apprenticeship numbers to deliver improvement in productivity, and how it will influence the mix of apprenticeships in order to deliver the most value.” Research shows that different apprenticeships offer significantly different benefits, but the Department for Education is not clear about how it plans to use this evidence to maximise the value derived from the mix of apprenticeships undertaken. Annual public funding of apprenticeships has grown over time, the report recognises. In 2010-11 it amounted to just under £1.2bn, but by 2015-16 the figure had risen to around £1.5bn. Since 2013, there has been a process to develop new, employer-led, apprenticeship ‘standards’, which will eventually replace the previous frameworks. The report found that many of the employers and training providers involved in designing and delivering apprenticeships support the principles behind the new standards, but more work is needed to raise awareness of them. The NAO says: “In practice, the process of introducing the new standards has been resource-intensive and has taken longer than the Department envisaged. Employers involved in developing the new standards have expressed concern about the time they have to invest at their own expense. As at April 2016, only

around 2,600 people had started an apprenticeship under the new standards. “Furthermore, some employers and industry representative groups are concerned that the approach is leading to a large number of narrow and overlapping standards, which may restrict the extent to which apprentices gain transferable skills.” While employers report high levels of satisfaction with the training offered and benefits experienced, surveys of apprentices provide a less clear view on quality of delivery. One in five apprentices reported that they had not received any formal training at all, either at an external provider or in the workplace. The NAO did find that the DfE is managing individual risks associated with the delivery of components of the current change programme in an appropriate way. It also conceded that it is developing a more effective approach to managing cross-cutting risks to the programme’s success, but further progress is necessary. Among the NAO’s recommendations is that the DfE should set out the planned overall impact on productivity and growth, along with short-term key performance indicators to measure the programme’s success, and should develop more robust ways of managing behavioural risks. Sir Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office, said: “The Department for Education needs to chart and follow a course from having a lot of apprenticeships to having the right apprenticeships in order to help improve the UK’s productivity, and achieve value for money, in return for the costs of the programme.” Responding for the CITB, its director of policy Steve Radley said: “While this

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GO CONSTRUCT, the careers website created to inspire people to consider entering the construction industry, scooped the User Experience and Design award at the Masters of Marketing Awards in London on 4 October. The resource, www.goconstruct.org, was co-designed with over 400 employers and stakeholders, and launched by the CITB last year. It has attracted nearly half a million visitors so far and 80,000 people have taken its online Personality Test to help discover which construction career would suit them best. It is also used by employers and careers advisors looking for information and materials to help promote construction. Reacting to the win, CITB’s Go Construct manager Lorraine Gregory said: “Winning this award is further testament to what can be achieved through employers coming together and working collectively to show people that construction really is a career for all. We cannot thank employers, educators and other partner organisations enough for their valued contributions throughout the co-design process. “Go Construct has been designed by industry for industry, facilitated by CITB. I would encourage employers, careers advisers and people looking for a rewarding career to use the Go Construct website and downloadable resources available.

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“Go Construct is ultimately about getting more people to join our sector. Construction is a vast modern industry with brilliant opportunities and it’s open to everyone. We want to send that message far and wide.” Emma Bull, education and community manager at BAM Construction said: “It’s been a real privilege to have been on this journey with CITB with the new, exciting and innovative campaign; working with them to create such a specialised and accessible resource using case studies, images and feedback through the codesign workshops; working collectively as an industry. “For Go Construct to receive this accolade from the UK Masters of Marketing Awards is further vindication that the website really does have a significant impact and will continue to raise the profile of construction as a viable, exciting and rewarding industry to work in.” Karen Campbell, director of policy at Homes for Scotland, commented: “Ensuring we have a sufficiently diverse skills base is crucial if we are to build enough homes for our growing population. With homebuilding having to compete with so many other industries for such talent, Go Construct is a fantastic resource to help our sector showcase the wide range of careers that are available to potential entrants in a fun and engaging way.” q

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