Brooks and Kirk have welcomed the announcement of record apprenticeship success rates as a clear indicator that Independent Training providers are the key to delivering a successful apprenticeship programme.
Independent Training providers like Brooks and Kirk, who deliver in excess of 70% of apprenticeships in England, have been the spearhead of a major drive over recent years to improve the quality of learning for apprentices and the level of service for employers. Recently published official employer and learner satisfaction data showed that significant investment in improving quality is paying off. Last year’s completion rate put the UK among the best in Europe and the confirmed overall rate for 2010-11 of 76.4%.
Today’s official figures show that apprenticeship provision for young people is not suffering in a very tough economic environment. Completions for 16 to 24 year olds totalled 160,300 in 2010-11, this is up by nearly 17% on the previous year, new starts also increased by over 19% to 275,100.
Steve Kirk, Brooks and Kirk’s Business Manager, said:
“FE colleges have received a lot of criticism in the national press for the delivery model and the quality of their apprenticeship provision. This data clearly demonstrates that Independent training providers, like Brooks and Kirk, are more than capable of delivering high quality apprenticeship. Brooks and Kirk for example have a completion rate of over 94%, nearly 20% above the national average. It is clear that Independent training providers are and should be the preferred method that both employers and learners look to deliver apprenticeships.
Hear at Brooks and Kirk we are always looking for new opportunities to work with employers and their learners. The YAP program is just another example of this”