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Minimum 12 duration for Apprenticeships

From August 2012 the minimum duration of 12 months for Apprenticeships for those aged 16-18 will beign. This will be a requirement in the 2012/13 Funding Rules which are expected to be published by the end of March 2012. The new rules will apply to all new starts from 1 August 2012 onwards and not to those already in learing prior to August.

The SFA is however encouraging all training organisations and employers to offer all existing apprentices (16-18) a 12 month minimum programme.

See the full SFA Statement here

The National Apprenticeship Service is currently reviewing the position with regard to a minimum duration time for those apprentices aged 19 and over.

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Labour market statistics: Unemployment up, inactivity down

The key points from this release are:

  • The employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 was 70.3 per cent, up 0.1 on the quarter. There were 29.13 million people in employment aged 16 and over, up 60,000 on the quarter. The unemployment rate was 8.4 per cent of the economically active population, up 0.1 on the quarter. There were 2.67 million unemployed people, up 48,000 on the quarter. The unemployment rate has not been higher since 1995. The inactivity rate for those aged from 16 to 64 was 23.1 per cent, down 0.2 on the quarter. There were 9.29 million economically inactive people aged from 16 to 64, down 78,000 on the quarter.
  • Total pay (including bonuses) rose by 2.0 per cent on a year earlier, unchanged on the three months to November 2011. Regular pay (excluding bonuses) rose by 2.0 per cent on a year earlier, up 0.1 on the three months to November 2011.

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Last week David Milliband presented recommendations from his Commission on Youth Unemployment.

The Report

He has welcomed the introduction of job subsidies under the new Youth Contract, which will come in from April, but called for a boost in the number of these that will be made available to employers.

He recommended setting up Youth Employment Zones in hotspots of worklessness around the country.

The report also majored on self-employment. For recovery to be sustainable, new jobs need to be created by start-up businesses. Unemployed graduates in particular should be encouraged to set up their own businesses.

 

See the full report here

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Barnado’s report on impact on disadvantaged 16 to 19-year-olds

Staying the Course takes a close, initial look at the new 16-19 Bursary Fund for England and its impact on disadvantaged 16 to 19-year-olds in education and training.

Staying the Course provides an insight into the backgrounds of young people who depend on financial support to continue in education or training.

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In 2011 funding for 16-19 financial support was cut from £560 million per year to £180 million. The report found lower levels of money and a lack of access to the fund are both key factors which are forcing many young people to consider dropping out of education and training due to financial hardship. Based on the research in this report Barnardo’s recommends that the system is better funded, better targeted and better administered to ensure that the Government’s aspirations for social mobility through education can benefit 16 to 19-year-olds as well as disadvantaged school children.

Download the report here

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