Commenting on the implementation plan for the Richard Review on apprenticeships, published today by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Dr Adam Marshall, Director of Policy and External Affairs at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said:
 
“Empowering employers to set standards for apprenticeships is a positive step forward. Businesses should be able to set out the knowledge and training required of their staff, and to ensure that apprenticeships deliver the skills they need. 
 “Businesses will also support increased emphasis on quality, to ensure that apprenticeships are seen across Britain as routes into great careers.

“However, a 'one size fits all' approach will not work. Smaller firms inevitably have different requirements to larger businesses. For apprenticeship reform to succeed, businesses of all sizes and all sectors must be involved in the reform process, to ensure that new apprenticeship standards meet diverse business needs. Ministers will also need to heed concerns from many companies on the issue of apprenticeship funding, when they announce their proposals on this later in the year.”