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first_imgNewsOn 1 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today Thismonth’s newsApprenticescheme gets a shake-upEducationand Employment Secretary David Blunkett has announced reforms to apprenticeshipschemes.Themove follows revelations that less than one-third of Modern Apprentices leavethe scheme with an NVQ Level 3 qualification or higher.Inan effort to clarify the relationships between the various elements of thesystem, National Traineeships will become Foundation Modern Apprenticeships(FMAs) and will lead to Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (AMAs). Advanced GNVQsare to be renamed Vocational A-levels.Changesto the vocational learning programmes include a specified period of off-the-joblearning in college or with a training provider, improvements to the knowledgeand understanding requirements in the apprenticeship programmes, a specifiedminimum learning period – two years for AMAs – and tighter entry requirements.Blunkettalso announced he was considering setting up a work-based learning standardsfund to ensure that standards are developed in the same way as in furthereducation.Trainingshow launches into cyberspaceTheTraining Solutions and IT Training Shows which take place annually in July atthe NEC in Birmingham will also be open for business on-line this year.OrganisersBrintex will run both exhibitions on the Internet before and during the liveevent, allowing “e-ttendees” to explore 3D exhibition halls and stands fromtheir home or office over the Internet.Theybelieve this will be the world’s first commercial interactive exhibition incyberspace. The technology is being provided by Expocentric.comBrintexmanaging director Malcolm Taylor said, “Time-poor customers will have access toa show and products they wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity to view.” Thescheme will also make the exhibition more accessible to overseas visitors.Togain access to the online exhibition, register for the Training Solutions Showat www.training-shows.co.ukLoansto beat skills shortages TheGovernment has unveiled plans for a new system of national, industry-basedportable loans aimed at beating skills shortages.Thescheme would be transferable between employers if the employee changed jobs. Itwould require employers in different industries to work together for theirmutual benefit while stimulating the expansion of training.TheNTOs would be charged with developing and implementing the system. NTO NationalCouncil Andy Powell said, “I believe the concept offers a real opportunity forstimulating investment in training within each industry.” Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img

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