The Richard Review of Apprenticeships will look at how to build upon the record success of recent years by:
* Ensuring that Apprenticeships meet the needs of the changing economy
* Ensuring every Apprenticeship delivers high quality training and the qualifications and skills that employers need
* Maximising the impact of Government investment.
Looking to the future, the review will examine how Apprenticeships can continue to best meet the needs of employers, individuals, and the wider economy; which learners and employers can and should benefit most from Apprenticeships; and what the core components of a high quality apprenticeship should be.
Mr Richard was selected by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education for his strong reputation in the spheres of both business and business education, enabling him to provide an independent analysis of the future priorities of the Government’s scheme.
A senior figure in the UK and global business communities, with over 20 years’ experience in the development and leadership of start-ups and established businesses, Mr. Richard will bring unrivalled commercial insight to the study.
His commercial expertise is matched by hands-on experience in the teaching of business skills. Through his social enterprise, School for Startups, Mr. Richard has delivered practical and theoretical instruction to more than 10,000 business owners and in 2009 he received the Enterprise Educator of the Year award for the excellence of his teaching.
Today’s announcement marks the continuation of Mr. Richard’s involvement in enterprise policy. He previously published the Richard Report in 2008, his investigation into the British government’s support of small businesses. Earlier this year he partnered with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to stage his ‘Web Fuelled Business’ initiative – a nationwide series of bootcamps helping small businesses exploit and leverage the internet.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said:
“To build a prosperous economy we need a skilled workforce. The Apprenticeship programme has been a real success, not only boosting chances for young people, but also helping businesses to address their skills gaps.
“However in the past vocational youngsters have been let down by weak courses and our competitors have stolen a march. I have just come back from a fact finding mission to Germany where two-thirds of young people take some form of apprenticeship by the time they are 25.
“To keep pace it is vital that we build on our initial success and continue to look at how Apprenticeships can adapt to meet our future needs in the fast-evolving global economy.
“The Richard Review will do just that, establishing the core principles that will keep Apprenticeships relevant to the future needs of individuals, employers and the wider economy. Doug Richard’s experience as a business mentor and setting up his School for Startups make him the perfect candidate to complete this task.”
Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove said:
“Doug Richard is a proper entrepreneur not a corporate bureaucrat. That’s why he’s the right man to get Apprenticeships right. It’s great that the numbers taking up Apprenticeships has grown. But there are still serious issues – there is still too much bureaucracy getting in the way of small firms taking people on, too much money appears to be going to middle men and the quality of some vocational qualifications taken by apprentices is still not good enough. Doug will help us get that right.”