To support the employers’ case, Semta commissioned research into international best practice by Professor Lorna Unwin of UCL Institute of Education. This showed that countries with leading apprenticeships – including Germany, Denmark, Switzerland and the Netherlands – all have continual assessment and lead to qualifications.
Jo Lopes, Head of Technical Excellence at Jaguar Land Rover said: “The Apprenticeship Levy is a great opportunity for manufacturing and engineering. As an industry we have worked extremely hard to ensure the new apprenticeship standards work for employers, the apprentices and UK PLC. We are delighted the government has agreed that apprentices should receive a qualification which is recognised wherever they go in the world – and that this is achieved through constant assessment, evaluation and feedback. This gives employers confidence in the skills and ability of every apprentice.”
Semta represents around 150,000 engineering employers, large and small, and has been involved with the development of new apprenticeship standards through Trailblazer groups since 2014. Its subsidiary, EAL, works with more than 700 recognised assessment centres across the UK.
The full report, The role of qualifications and end point assessment in apprenticeships: an international comparison, can be downloaded here.