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The Apprenticeship Approvals Group (AAG) Chair’s End of Year Report 2020, by Ruth Jennings of Sainsbury’s has been published. The report provides an overview of the key highlights and milestones, which have seen AAG become established as part of the new governance system for apprenticeships in Scotland.  

The Apprenticeship Approval Group was set up in October 2019 with the aim of replacing the existing body at that time – the Modern Apprenticeship Group (MAG). AAG brought about many improvements as the single body which now approves all apprenticeships (Foundation, Graduate and Modern) while bringing a strong industry voice through its employer-led membership. 

The review looks back over the transitional period of running concurrently alongside MAG before it was dissolved in April this year, giving the Apprenticeship Approvals Group full approval responsibility over all Scottish apprenticeships.  

As part of the transition from government-led to employer-led, the Chair’s Report fulfils the final step in this process and symbolises the group’s progress made in establishing its independence.  

AAG Chair, Ruth Jennings said:  

“Membership of the group was expanded with a key focus placed upon ensuring that we had a strong employer voice, clearly reflected in its membership. I am pleased to have been able to welcome significant apprentice employers, BT, Scottish Water, Robertson Group and of course my own employer, Sainsbury’s - all current members of the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board, to the list.  

Alongside these new members, which included ex-apprentices also, we have representation from education, training and accreditation bodies, trade unions and government.” 

Ruth Jennings is also an active member of the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board’s Standards and Frameworks Group, which has and will continue to provide leadership to the AAG throughout the process. 

Find out more about the Apprenticeship Approvals Group via our website. 

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