Steelstockists are likely to be among the manufacturers given the responsibility ofsetting apprenticeship standards in the years to come – potentially allowingthem to ensure a consistent supply of skilled individuals to support theindustry for the future.

Manufacturers’organisation EEF has welcomed the proposals made in the Richard ReviewImplementation Plan, which should see apprenticeship standards set, at least inpart, by the organisations who will ultimately employ those individuals oncetheir apprenticeship is over.

Steelstockists and their counterparts in other manufacturing industry verticals arealso better placed to know exactly what skills are needed – and which are inshort supply in the current workforce.

EEF’sdirector of policy Steve Radley says: “Putting employers at the heart ofdesigning and developing apprenticeship standards will finally ensureapprenticeships are relevant to industry’s and learners’ needs.”

In additionto this, he suggests that there is the possibility of building further on suchindustry collaboration, to create “sector-led IndustrialPartnerships”.

These, hesays, would give employers “end-to-end responsibility” over theskills agenda, allowing the manufacturing industry to take ownership of thetraining process for future employees.