Scottish Office calls on SPADAC for skill test model

The apprenticeship scheme run by the Scottish Painting and Decorating Apprenticeship Council (SPADAC) has been asked to share best practice with the Scottish Office.

Ian Rogers, SPADAC’s Employers’ Secretary, met Fiona Farr of the Youth Employability & Skills Division at the Scottish Office last week to discuss the skills test system.

Apprentices in Scotland must pass a skills test towards the end of their fourth year in order to qualify with a Modern Apprenticeship.

Currently, apprentices studying in England do not sit a skills test to prove their competence.

The UK Government’s Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) requested the meeting as a result of The Richard Review, an independent report into the future of apprenticeships in England published last year.

Ian Rogers, who is also Chief Executive of the Scottish Decorators’ Federation which administer the scheme, said:

“This is a vote of confidence in the Scottish apprenticeship system and we’re delighted that SPADAC is being recognised as a model scheme.”

As a partner of the SPADAC scheme, CITB’s Stephen Sheridan, Recruitment and Careers Manager, was invited by Mr Rogers to attend the meeting.

Further meetings are to be arranged with BIS directly.