06 November 2012
IET calls for urgent reform to apprenticeships
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is calling on the government to ensure that money is properly invested in apprenticeship programmes, in order to boost economic growth.
The organisation said rebalancing the company would require qualified, skilled engineers and technicians at all levels, and called for reform to the government's flagship apprenticeship scheme.
Paul Davies, IET head of policy, commented: "The UK has seen welcome growth and investment in apprenticeships in the last few years. However, standards must be maintained and the training should be better monitored in order to provide the skills needed to boost economic growth.
"We need to promote the fact that a high quality apprenticeship can be just the beginning of an exciting engineering career."