Government sets up apprenticeship service to encourage women to take up non-traditional trades

The government is to encourage more women to take up apprenticeships in construction.

A National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) is being planned to oversee qualifications and encourage young people to explore “non traditional areas”.

Part of its remit would be to encourage female apprentices “to look at trades concerned with construction and the built environment”.

Meurika Stewart is on Bovis' training scheme for ex-offenders
Meurika Stewart is on Bovis' training scheme for ex-offenders

Under the reforms government will also appoint a director of the apprenticeship programme.

In another report on skills the government said it would create a National Skills Academy in print and building products. There are already academies in constructing, manufacturing and nuclear.

Other measures laid out in the apprenticeship review include issuing national completion certificates to apprentices, including the qualifications in the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) and a reform of Programme-led Apprenticeships to specify a minimum level of tie-in with employers.

The reforms were revealed in two reports World-class Apprenticeships: Unlocking Talent, Building Skills for All and Ready to Work, Skilled for Work: Unlocking Britain’s Talent.