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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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A new Academy is being founded in Hackney.

STEM Academy is being founded by S&DA Limited, a not for profit company with existing strong links with Industry, apprenticeships, secondary and higher education.

The proposed Academy will open in Hackne. Its first student intake in September 2013 will cater for 16-19 year olds with an emphasis on supporting students from deprived areas in Hackney and the wider London area. Located on “Silicon Roundabout”, the Academy will be at the heart of a thriving area for entrepreneurship and high tech businesses, including Google, supported by the Government’s ‘East London Tech City’ initiative.

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Background Statement for The STEM Academy – V3 1 General for Yes minister blog 2


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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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Pre-Autumn Statement Submission on Apprenticeships

In advance of Wednesday’s expected announcement that there are now 1 million NEETs and a government announcement on apprenticeships, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, whose training provider members deliver over 70% of apprenticeships in England, has made a pre-Autumn Statement submission urging ministers not to get blown off course on from their previously announced plans for apprenticeship growth during this Parliament.


AELP has made clear to the Treasury and BIS:


  • Apprenticeships are as important for upskilling the adult workforce as they are for training up school leavers.
  • They currently do not result in dangerous ‘brand stretch’.
  • Damaging brand stretch would occur if they embraced programmes for the unemployed/NEETs unable to meet the selection criteria laid down by employers.
  • ‘Preparatory’ training for the unskilled unemployed should precede entry into an apprenticeship.


The association has pointed out that the apprenticeship programme, relaunched in 1994, was never set up exclusively for the benefit of young people as a form of job creation.  The submission also addresses other misunderstandings and misconceptions about the programme.


Two additional points are worth bearing in mind, especially in the current economic climate.  Firstly, over 262,000 young people in the 16 to 24 age group started an apprenticeship in 2010-11 – a 15.9% increase on the previous year – and these apprenticeships came with a contract of employment at a local business.  Secondly, a record number of apprentices are completing their programmes.  The success rate is now approaching 75% which compares favourably with the best in Europe.


The summary below of the AELP submission is being sent to MPs this week.  The full submission can be downloaded from: www.aelp.org.uk.  


Graham Hoyle, the AELP chief executive who is attending the government’s Apprenticeship Summit tomorrow, is available for interview.


Kind regards,

Aidan Relf

Spokesman for the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (www.aelp.org.uk)

Tel. 01483 832130 / 07710 305182

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Association of Learning Providers
Press release – 12 May 2011

Subject: Downing Street announcement on youth employment

‘New pre-apprenticeship programme will make a difference for young people’

Vocational learning providers have today welcomed the government’s response to their call for new pre-apprenticeship training to get more young people in a position to start a full apprenticeship.

The Association of Learning Providers (ALP) has been a strong supporter of the coalition government’s substantial backing for apprenticeships as a driver behind efforts to improve the nation’s skills and to offer a meaningful career opportunity for young people in tough economic times.  However ALP has made it clear to ministers over the past twelve months that their efforts needed to be supported by a new skills programme to help school-leavers who aren’t eligible to start full apprenticeships.

Today’s announcement by the Prime Minister of a new Access to Apprenticeships pathway programme for 10,000 16 to 24 year olds is regarded by training leaders as another positive step forward since the Leitch Review in formulating a publicly funded skills system that is more dynamic and responsive to the needs of the economy.

ALP will be seeking assurances that the number of young people likely to benefit from the programme will increase while the NEET figures remain high, at the same time recognising that pressures on public expenditure are very tight, and that providers of the programme will be expected to have places on full apprenticeships ready for successful completers, which by law require a paid job with a local employer.

ALP believes that the now abandoned Programme Led Apprenticeships (PLAs) were damaging the apprenticeship brand by leaving too many young people with no employers to go to after finishing the course.  The Access to Apprenticeships pathway retains many of the positive elements of PLAs but the new name and programme will signal that young people are embarking on a progressive route to a gold-plated apprenticeship rather than on an apprenticeship itself.

The Access to Apprenticeships announcement follows the one in the Budget to fund 40,000 more apprenticeships for unemployed young people and ALP is pleased to see today’s latest measures being linked more closely to the new welfare-to-work initiatives being introduced by the government.

Paul Warner, ALP’s director of employment and skills, said:

Today’s announcements represent clear evidence that we are seeing more of a cross-governmental approach to avoiding a lost generation of young people.  Our biggest challenge now is finding enough employers who are willing and able to take on apprentices in the current economic climate, but training providers are working hard locally to persuade businesses of the obvious bottom-line benefits of investing in skills.”


Contact Aidan Relf on 07710 305182


Notes to editors:

1. About the Association of Learning Providers

The Association of Learning Providers (ALP) represents the interests of a range of organisations delivering state-funded vocational learning and employment placement. The majority of our 590+ member organisations are independent providers holding contracts with or through the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), Department of Education (DFE) and Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), for the provision of a wide-range of work-based and work-related learning and welfare-to-work programmes, including the Work Programme. Our members deliver a significant majority of apprenticeships in England. They also include a number of consultants, regional networks, and FE colleges in membership, alongside well over 50 charities, giving ALP a well rounded and comprehensive perspective and insight on matters relating to its remit.  More information is available at: www.learningproviders.org.uk.

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Apprenticeships are the Key to Success for 90% of Businesses

A recent report, by City & Guilds, suggests that 9 out of 10 businesses believe that apprentices are the key to the future success of their organisation over the next two years.

City & Guilds are one of the UK’s leading vocational education organisations and supplier of Apprenticeship qualifications, employing over 1000 people and awarding 1.8 million certificates every year.

The Building Business Through Apprenticeships report, published on 7th February 2011, is based upon a survey of more than 500 employers across the UK, and examines the main barriers companies currently face in creating more opportunities for apprentices.

The findings also reveal that 52 per cent of those companies who already recruit apprentices believe that Apprenticeship offer greater value than hiring university graduates. Despite there only being 11 Apprenticeship places for every 1000 employees in the UK, 66 per cent of the surveyed employers believe that Apprenticeships are vital to ensure that the UK can compete in the changing global economy.

Chris Jones, CEO and Director General, City & Guilds said: “Many businesses, large or small, know that Apprenticeships can transform their organisation, but unless the barriers preventing more employers, particularly SMEs, from hiring an apprentice are addressed, there will continue to be a gap between supply and demand.”

The report also outlines that eight out of ten employers have experienced barriers to hiring apprentices; 25 per cent argue the process is too bureaucratic; 26 per cent don’t feel there are relevant apprentice schemes for their business and 20 per cent feel the current economic climate makes it too risky to commit to an Apprenticeship programme.

As the education system undergoes its biggest shake up in years the Government is recognising that Apprenticeships are key for the UK economy. The Government has increased the funding and support to the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) to enable an additional 75,000 new Apprenticeships starts per year, from now until September 2013.

However Mr Jones warned that, “it is not enough for the Government to simply supply funding – as welcome as that may be. It’s about collective action, as there are many constraints on businesses currently and barriers around hiring apprentices.”

City & Guilds, in response to the Government’s increase in funding, launched a campaign, Million Extra, which aims to help support the Government and NAS to ensure one million Apprenticeships start by summer 2013.

Mr Jones added: “With our increasingly ageing population, core industry skills and quality of experience will continue to leave the UK workforce. City & Guilds is leading a new kind of revolution to help solve the challenges of Apprenticeships so that more employers can offer places.”

Jason McGee-Abe

Project Support Officer

Website: http://www.cityandguilds.com/63407.html

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