Guernsey apprenticeship scheme reviewed

Guernsey's apprenticeship scheme will be reviewed to ensure it offers the right skills for students and businesses.

There have been very few changes to the vocational scheme, which has run for more than 50 years, in the past decade.

The review will look at value for money, skills learnt and compare it to similar schemes elsewhere.

Dr Elaine Monkhouse, chairwoman of Skills Guernsey, will carried out the review, due to start in January.

The scheme is run by the Education Department through the College of Further Education.

Wider skills strategy

Alun Williams, lifelong learning manager, said: [It] plays a key role in supporting and developing Guernsey's skills base.

"Around a quarter of young people who leave school aged 16 go into an apprenticeship and in recent years there has been a growing number of mature apprentices.

"At any one time, there are usually between 300 and 400 apprentices in training."

Skills Guernsey was launched earlier this year, jointly by the Commerce and Employment, Education and Social Security Departments, to create a skills strategy for the island.

The review of the Apprenticeship Scheme will be used in the drawing up of that strategy.

A draft report on the review is due to be ready by April.

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