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The Apprenticeship Approvals Group (AAG) Chair’s End of Year Report 2021 has been published.  

This is the second annual report since the employer-led Apprenticeship Approvals Group was established in October 2019 and demonstrates how employers continue to sit at the heart of apprenticeships in Scotland despite the challenges of the pandemic. 

During the past year, the AAG has overseen a number of new or updated apprenticeship frameworks, adaptations to support learners and the first apprenticeship fully developed under a new employer-led approach. 

The report gives AAG Chair, Ruth Jennings, Skills Development Programmes Manager of Sainsbury’s, an opportunity to reflect on the key successes and milestones achieved within the group’s first, full year in operational phase.  These include a range of interventions, many as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Some highlights include: 

  • 18 new or updated, approved apprenticeships 
  • various adaptations to Foundation Apprenticeships in response to the Covid pandemic and restrictions in the workplace  
  • launch of the first apprenticeship through the new, entirely employer-led, end-to-end development process (Project Management Apprenticeship) 
  • working with British standards Institute (BSI) to ensure continuous improvement for AAG 

AAG Chair,  Ruth Jennings said:   

“I am delighted to see this second annual report published. We’ve seen AAG, its membership and achievements go from strength to strength.  

“We’ve built upon our industry knowledge and expertise, enhanced our membership – including apprentice representation - and developed our skills to make sure that we have the right people around the table. This has enabled us to tackle a whole raft of additional tasks on top of an already busy timetable. The report shows that we’ve responded to the challenges presented by the Covid pandemic and the impact this has had on apprentices, employers and others involved in the apprenticeship system, while still managing to continue our business as usual. 

“Our success is due to our members and their unwavering commitment in ensuring that apprenticeships deliver for both learners and businesses.” 

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.  

The AAG replaced the government-led Modern Apprenticeship Group as part of the new apprenticeship governance structure for Scotland. 

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