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Apprenticeship Task & Finish Group

Professional Apprenticeships Task & Finish Group investigates issues to seek to identify potential improvements to the Apprenticeships system from a sector specific perspective.


The aim will be to identify improvements which would make the system work better for the built environment industry and generate a series of practical recommendations which could be presented to policy makers for action:

  • To specify how the industry can derive greater value from the apprenticeships system following the introduction of the Levy
  • To make recommendations to Government to implement the changes required to achieve better outcomes for employers, apprentices and the economy
  • Apprenticeships at all levels (3-7) in all built environment subjects


  • To identify the main challenges experienced by employers in dealing with the apprenticeships system (e.g. in terms of availability of standards, use of Levy funds, flexibility to address business needs etc, taking account of a range of data sources)
  • To articulate actionable improvements to the apprenticeships system for the benefit of the built environment industry
  • To make specific evidence-based recommendations to policy makers


  • Interim report by May 2019, timed to coincide with the second anniversary of the Apprenticeship Levy - the point at which employers start to lose access to unspent Levy funds.


The Task and Finish Group represents the views of constituencies including employers, trailblazer groups, professional institutions, education providers and communicates effectively with others, including Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education, CITB, Construction Leadership Council, CBEE Advisory Committee and Government and its relevant departments.

Group Chair: Aled Williams

Apprenticeships and Skills Reference Group

Following on from the CIC Apprenticeship Task Group work completed in 2020 and the publication of the Build Back Better: Improving the apprenticeship system to better support infrastructure report in September 2020, the CIC was asked how it, along with other stakeholders, could take forward the recommendations therein. As a result, the CIC Apprenticeship and Skills Reference Group (ASRG) Task Group was formed. It will be responsive to, and respond to, a range of forthcoming Apprenticeship and Skills policies and initiatives, informing and presenting a single voice on the technical and professional skills (and apprenticeships) needed for construction and built environment.

Short term focus - by end of July 2021

  1. Come together and generate the evidence base to inform and present a united front with regards to technical and professional apprenticeships and skills;
  2. Support input into the wider work of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC); and
  3. Influence others through appropriate stakeholder engagement.

The ASRG has met regularly during this period, identifying the key issues, prioritising these, and presenting potential solutions to others to adapt and gain greater traction.

  • Meeting 1 - Identifying, Agreeing and Prioritising the Issues
  • Meeting 2 - Degree Apprenticeship Policy
  • Meeting 3 – Developing CIC Position Statement to feed into forthcoming IFATE Degree Apprenticeship Review

CIC supports the ASRG by ensuring there is clarity of collective voice for CIC members and its stakeholders, enabling better informed actions by Government bodies and through the CLC and its action plans. The (ASRG) Reference Group consists of a number of high-profile employers, professional body members, and a select number of other stakeholders, all of whom have significant experience in the apprenticeships and skills fields, are able to readily access evidence to support actions coming from the ASRG, and are able to engage and influence others appropriately. Members include RICS, RTPI, IWFM, ACE/TAC, ARB, RIBA, CABE, CIAT, ICE, ISSE, CIHT, together with Arup, Gardiner & Theobald, Mott MacDonald, Scott Brownrigg, Tony Gee, Troup Bywaters + Anders.

Consultation Response

23 July 2021 - CIC Position Statement: IFATE Review of Degree Apprenticeships - Consultation