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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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£18.7m for 19.000 Higher Apprenticeships

On Friday the government announced that £18.7m from its Higher Apprenticeship Fund will be provided to around 250 employers to deliver the type of skills that are critical to economic growth.

Employers including Unilever, Burberry and Leyland Trucks have won access to the grants – part of the £25m fund for Higher Apprenticeships announced in July – to create places for around 19,000 degree-equivalent apprentices.

In total, 19 partnerships comprising employers and training providers will take a share of £17m to roll out the Apprenticeships.

A further £1.7m will be injected into two IT, science, engineering and manufacturing projects that will deliver 6,000 Higher Apprenticeships.

Skills Minister John Hayes said:

“By reviving Apprenticeships the Government has started to build a world class skills system to rival our country’s great reputation for academic excellence.

“We’ve driven up quality across the board, more than doubled the number of new advanced apprenticeships, created new routes into higher levels of practical learning and given employers more control of how the training budget is spent. We’re now targeting resources even more closely on the skills, firms and sectors that will lead economic recovery.”

The government will invite second round bids for the £25m Higher Apprenticeships fund early next year.

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Also the earlier announcement on boosting apprenticeships for business

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