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Caunton’s Apprentice Of The Year Joins The Industry Apprentice Council

28th March 2013 Paul Andrews

Family businesses continue to make their presence felt

Natalie Harris Caunton’s Apprentice of the Year in 2012 is helping to change perceptions of Apprenticeships as a member of the Industry Apprenticeship Council (IAC), launched by EAL and IMI Awards. 

The two awarding organisations brought together industry apprentices from a range of employers, including Caunton Engineering to give vocational learners a national voice for the first time. 

EAL the specialist awarding organisation for industry qualifications, and IMI Awards the leading awarding body for the retail motor industry, recognised the need for apprentices themselves to have their say on the future of Apprenticeships and so invited Natalie to join the IAC with 12 other learners.

The IAC gathers regularly in London to discuss issues such as better promotion of the Apprenticeships pathway in schools and colleges, before taking their campaign ideas and recommendations to Government ministers and Peers in the All Party Parliamentary Apprenticeships Group (APPAG) in the House of Commons.

The group has already met with Skills Minister Matthew Hancock MP who agreed to hear the IAC’s proposals on raising the Apprenticeships status as a first class route into highly skilled careers, on par with higher education. 

Natalie has said: “It is a privilege to be a part of the Industry Apprentice Council. The IAC gives us the chance to understand how legislation is made, and changed. It also gives us the opportunity to get involved in national debate – which is what being an apprentice is all about, getting involved.”


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