The Department of Education, Sport and Culture has launched a consultation into the policy principles required to develop a new apprenticeship scheme on the island.

It says that the main purpose of providing financial assistance through the proposed Skills Development Scheme is to develop the skills of the island’s workforce and stimulate wider economic benefits.

Open until Sunday January 16, the DESC wants to know if people have experience of apprenticeship schemes, what sectors or skills respondents consider are likely to be in shortage in the next five years, or that they feel should be developed.

It also wants to know how supportive people would be of the establishment of a pre-apprenticeship course for foundational skills, whether there be a fixed/comparable apprentice pay scale for those apprenticeships supported under the scheme and whether employer incentive support should be dependent on whether an employed Apprentice is earning the minimum wage?

Further questions ask whether an individual should be able to do more than one apprenticeship, what level of study should be supported under the apprenticeship scheme whether sufficient on island infrastructure exist via apprentice training providers, private providers or UCM?

You can reply to the consultation here.

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