Evaluation of the Apprenticeship Trailblazers

The Apprenticeship Trailblazers were introduced as a means of addressing recommendations from the Richard Review (2012), that employers are ‘best placed to judge the quality and relevance of training and demand the highest possible standards from training organisations’.

IES carried out a qualitative evaluation of the Apprenticeship Trailblazers, involving interviews and board conversation analysis, supplemented by an employer survey. The research was conducted over three phases in order to capture change over time.

Consultations were conducted with national stakeholders, lead and contributing employers in the Trailblazers' networks, employers who had not engaged or had limited engagement with the Trailblazers, and industry and training bodies related to the Trailblazers' sectors.