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John Hayes announces improvements to apprenticeship programmes

John Hayes announces improvements to apprenticeship programmes

John Hayes MP rides to the rescue… again…

The Minister for skills John Hayes has made an announcement regarding the progress that has been made in improving apprenticeship programmes.

Following the introduction of the first ever statutory standards for apprenticeships last autumn, Mr Hayes has announced the progress that has been in improving apprenticeships. The latest developments are;

  •  From August 2012, all apprenticeships for 16-18 year olds will be for a minimum of 12 months
  • NAS and the Skills Funding Agency’s comprehensive review of all short duration programmes has already resulted in significant improvements to many apprenticeships and the withdrawal of inadequate sub-contracted provision
  • New safeguards are being put in place to strengthen monitoring, reporting and subcontracting arrangements, including making public a list of all sub contracted provision over £100,000
  • New contracts will ensure that training providers not only act according to regulations, but also within the spirit of the apprenticeship programme
  • A new ‘enquiry panel’ has been established, reporting directly to the Minister, to manage poor quality providers as soon as they are reported.

The minister also announced several plans over the upcoming months. 

  • New measures will ensure all adult apprenticeships are of sufficient length to deliver the training employers need
  • NAS will undertake a review into apprenticeship frameworks that have been deemed a cause for concern
  • New guidance on the implementation of quality standards will be published

The Government will take forward measures to ensure all apprentices are given the opportunity to get Level 2 English and Maths

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