Continued Government Investment In Apprenticeship Schemes Is Essential, According To Perspective

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Apprenticeships Must Receive Funding To Achieve Results

For apprenticeship schemes to deliver to their full potential, continued Government investment is essential, according to Perspective, a leading authority in apprenticeship training and training monitoring.

Apprenticeship schemes have the potential to lift the basic skill set of the UK and have already proved extremely popular with individuals, young and old, around the country.

The government is well aware of the positive benefits they bring to both the employer and individual and has already announced that they are to fund an extra 35,000 apprentices next year as part of its efforts to tackle the economic downturn. By investing an extra £140m in schemes in England the government aims to get one in five young people on apprenticeships within 10 years.

Further funds are specifically being made available for Small businesses and training providers allowing them to bid for funding from a pot of £7m to take on apprentices. The money is available to pay for new and innovative approaches to make it easier to take on apprentices in the downturn and will fund up to ten Apprenticeship Training Agencies (ATAs) that could deliver up to 15,000 apprenticeships per year by 2015.

Apprenticeships schemes are continually broadening their horizons with courses now available across the public sector frontline and within schools.

Jim Davis, CEO of Perspective, commented: "Apprenticeships are extremely beneficial to the entire UK economy and continued investment is essential. For businesses, apprenticeship schemes allow them to fill specific skill gaps and cater for the direct needs of the business. For the individual, apprenticeships provide a clear route of progression in their chosen industry. However, to ensure a high pass rate, effective student monitoring critical throughout the courses."

Perspective has created an effective means of measuring apprenticeship progression. Sunesis is an intuitive, web based management tool which enables key stake holders involved in the delivery of apprenticeship schemes to track individuals and their progression throughout the duration of the apprenticeship.

This is done with a simple click of a button enabling training providers to manage apprentices through effective learner-centric tracking of progression against qualifications, frameworks and milestones, as well as create detailed training reports.

Sunesis uses unique access controls giving real time, secure views of a learner's progress to all key operators, i.e. managers, trainers, assessors, verifiers, employers and the apprentices themselves, providing appropriate levels of visability to all of the critical phases of each apprenticeses progress.

Perspective has also recently joined the Systems Interoperability Framework (SIF) Association, a non-profit membership organisation that makes it possible for systems to communicate and share data, without any additional programming - meaning that the integration of any of Perspective's solutions is a quick and simple process.

The system enables new and existing clients, with one or more independent management systems, to input data into one with it then automatically transferred to the other. This therefore, with the systems effectively able to talk to each other, will avoid the time consuming process of duplicating data entry.

For more information about Perspective, please visit perspective-uk.com or call 0121 506 9540.

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