Industry Apprentice Council (IAC)

IAC-pic-smallAbout the IAC

The Industry Apprentice Council (IAC) has established itself as the UK's industry voice for apprentices.

Founded and supported as part of the Semta Group, the IAC is predominantly made up of young apprentices from the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector throughout the UK.

It is recognised by government as an important part of the apprenticeship debate, with members regularly invited to address MPs, peers and leaders in both industry and education.

All members of the IAC are passionate and have their own stories as to why they followed the apprenticeship path. They regularly share them at careers fairs, in schools and through the media to inspire the next generation to consider apprenticeships as a career option.

Join the IAC

The IAC is currently looking for new members and we would encourage those who are passionate about apprenticeships to put themselves forward.

If you would like to find out more or are interested in joining the IAC, please click here to contact us.

To find out more about some of our current members click here.

IAC Annual Survey

The IAC Annual Survey gives apprentices the opportunity to share views on their own apprenticeship and inform the direction of future skills policy. A range of areas are covered including; the wider and changing perceptions of apprenticeships, satisfaction with apprentices' own career choices, and the quality of careers advice and guidance given to potential apprentices.

IAC Annual Survey 2017

The results of the fourth annual IAC survey were published on 24 July 2017.

Key findings include:

  • 98% of respondents said they were pleased in their choice to take up an apprenticeship
  • The important elements that influenced their careers choice were; earning while learning (82%), career prospects (76%), having a formal qualification (73%), practical learning (64%) and avoiding debt (57%)
  • The number of respondents saying that schools recommended apprenticeships as an option to pupils fell from 42% in 2016 to 40% in 2017
  • More respondents ranked the careers information, advice and guidance at their school or college to be poor, up from 22% in 2016 to 23% in 2017. 15% ranked their advice very poor, up from 14% in 2016
  • 88% of respondents do not agree that all apprentices should be assessed through End Point Assessment.
  • Only 8% of respondents say that formal qualifications should not be required as part of an apprenticeship
Click to read the report  iac2017-report-graphic  View the infographic 2017-infographic                

To read the full press release on the report click here