Apprenticeships inquiry to hold first evidence session next week

The first evidence session on an inquiry into apprenticeships will be held this week.

On Thursday, the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Select Committee will welcome experts from different stages of the apprenticeship programme.

Denis A Hird, chief executive of JTL Training, Alex Jackman, senior policy officer for the Forum of Private Business, and Graham Hoyle, chief executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP), will all give evidence on the day.

The session will be open to the public on a first come, first served basis, in The Grimond Room, Portcullis House, at 11am.

The Committee had already previously announced that it will be visiting Sheffield as part of its inquiry.

They will hold a number of formal oral evidence sessions between March 5-6 with employers who promote or offer apprenticeships, as well as learners currently enrolled on apprenticeship schemes.

Adrian Bailey MP, chairman of the BIS Select Committee, said: “Sheffield is home to a number of significant organisations and employers offering innovative and meaningful apprenticeship schemes.

“This is something that is being replicated right across the UK and is something the Committee wants to experience first-hand.

“Visiting Sheffield will allow the Committee to take evidence from a wide range of interested parties. This is a hugely important inquiry; apprenticeships are vital to boosting employment and growth throughout the country.

“The Committee feels it is vital that apprenticeships are structured in such a way so as to maximise their potential and to provide young people in the UK with requisite skills for future success.”

The deadline for written evidence to be submitted to the BIS Select Committee has closed.