A major review of Agriculture, Environment and Animal Care apprenticeships was launched this week.
A supporting consultation period will also run for eight weeks until December 4. It is open to employers, training providers, apprentices and anyone else with an interest in the future of the occupations covered, including animal care.
The Institute’s chief Executive, Sir Gerry Berragan, said: “The work that’s been done so far by all the employers and stakeholders with developing apprenticeships has been hugely appreciated. However, we must make sure that the oldest are moving forward at the same pace as these occupations.
“This review will help us improve the quality of those apprenticeship standards to make sure they meet the needs of both employers and apprentices. This is a great opportunity for those who are involved with apprenticeships in these occupations to have their say and I look forward to seeing some of the feedback.”
The Institute will publish recommendations resulting from this route review in Summer 2020.
Dr Jude Capper, route panel chair for the agriculture, environment and animal care, said: “It is great to be starting to review agriculture, environment and animal care apprenticeships to make sure that they’re of the highest quality and meet the demands of both the employers and apprentices.
“I’d encourage everybody with an interest to provide feedback. This will help us create the very best apprenticeships that we can and to find new ways to improve that will ensure the apprenticeships remain innovative and future-proof.”