Ministers grapple with qualifications shortfall

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Ministers grapple with qualifications shortfallOn 1 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Low rates of completion by trainees on Modern Apprenticeships has promptedministers to consider new powers and incentives for employers.Only a third of Modern Apprentices reach NVQ Level 3, official figures show.The rates vary from 40 per cent for engineering to only 11 per cent for retail.The findings are reported in this month’s issue of Training magazine.A spokesman for the Department for Education and Employment said it wants tosee “carrots and sticks” to reverse the low accreditation rates. Thiscould involve withholding a portion of the grant until completion, although nofurther details are available at this stage.But training managers argue that forcing employers to comply is not enoughand claim the system must be improved.Corus, formerly known as British Steel/ Hoogovens, said 100 of its 600modern apprentices have reached Level 3 since they began in 1995, but that thisis not due to people dropping out.”We are more concerned with resources. Assessment costs money – youhave to get someone to do it and it is not their main job,” said JoeEason, training and education manager at Corus.Delays were caused when the Government introduced separate certification forbasic skills in 1998, he added.George Edwards, development director at the Institute for Supervision andManagement, said, “One problem with the scheme was always going to be theLevel 3 outcome.”It includes the presumption that there may be some supervisoryresponsibility but it is very unlikely that a modern apprentice would have suchresponsibility.”By Philip

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