John Hyde

  • Race to the bottom: who's checking delivery quality of apprenticeship standards?

    Firm guidelines need to be put into place to ensure the quality of the content of the new apprenticeship standards is accompanied by quality delivery, says John Hyde. Politicians and civil servants are forever talking about ‘quality apprenticeships’. The new employer-led apprenticeship standards were introduced to ensure anyone embarking upon an apprenticeship would earn the

    5.00 Dec. 12th, 2016 | Opinion

  • How will the new apprenticeship standards be quality assured?

    We recently hosted a roundtable discussion on the benefits of the levy and our new hospitality standards, organised by our weekly trade magazine and attended by a dozen human resources directors from major national contract catering and hotel chains. I was impressed by how these HR professionals have embraced the levy as a tool to

    8.00 Oct. 10th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Is this the new dawn for apprenticeships?

    While apprenticeship expansion is very welcome, let’s hope it’s not derailed by some of the disastrous aspects of the reforms, says John Hyde. Future generations will look back at this moment to realise that apprenticeships for the 21st century have finally arrived. The extension of apprenticeships to all skills and managerial levels – encompassing all

    13.37 Sep. 9th, 2016 | Opinion

  • No surprise over employer provider failures

    John Hyde explains why he thinks the government’s drive to encourage more employers to run their own training will end in tears. It comes as no surprise that firms running their own apprenticeship programmes, with some notable exceptions, are less successful in both completion rates and Ofsted grades than specialist training providers. Indeed, in my

    12.00 Jun. 11th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Train crash waiting to happen

    John Hyde raises grave doubts about apprenticeship reform plans. I once owned a small part of a racehorse, which has long since gone to that great pet food factory in the sky. However this introduced me to the world of bookmakers and betting odds, no better demonstrated that Leicester City’s 5,000/1 winning [the football Premier

    11.00 May. 9th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Improving inspections post-levy

    John Hyde looks ahead to how apprenticeships will be inspected after the levy is launched. Introducing the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) to levy-paying employers from 2017 and subsequently to every apprentice employer from 2019 onward, will substantially increase the number of training providers. The new DAS requires employers to select a training provider on-line directly

    14.00 Apr. 11th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Demand-led funding needed to hit apprenticeship target

    John Hyde calls for as demand-led apprenticeship funding allocation system. The Government’s target for 3m apprenticeship starts in this parliament was well trumpeted throughout the election campaign. One would have assumed the civil servants concerned with apprenticeships would have planned how to implement this election promise by securing funding from the Treasury to meet this

    17.00 Mar. 11th, 2016 | Opinion