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IMI questions whether employers will invest in their own apprenticeship schemes

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has described the government’s new Improved Apprenticeships initiative as ‘impractical’.

In a damning appraisal, IMI chief executive Steve Nash pointed to a conflict between the stated aim – to raise the quality of frameworks – and the proposal that the standard should be given on ‘a page of A4 paper’.

Further criticisms included the lack of a benchmark for all apprenticeships and the risk of devaluing current programmes.

“The aims of the government’s approach to apprenticeships are admirable – but sadly we think pretty impractical, certainly in the retail motor industry,” he said.

“The reality is that a large percentage of employers in the sector are small, proprietor-led businesses. 

“Is it really realistic to expect them to dedicate resources to creating an effective apprenticeship scheme?

“What this means is that another avenue for young people to get on the jobs ladder is closed.”

However, Nash reiterated that the IMI is in a good position to ensure that the new apprenticeship programmes are employer-led and meet sector needs.

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