Government calls for more apprenticeships

The Government has reaffirmed its commitment to expanding the UK’s apprenticeship scheme.

Skills Minister John Hayes and called on national training associations to engage with more employers and get them involved with the apprenticeships programme.

Apprenticeship schemes have long been an important means for engineering companies and manufacturers to gain skilled workforces.

Schemes also now cover a wider area of business including media, law and IT.

“We must create a radically new model for workplace training with apprenticeships at its heart and with partnership between Government, employers and individuals as its motive force,” said Hayes.

The Minister said that the Government was redeploying £150 million to provide extra 50,000 places.

“We have promised to re-shape the apprenticeships programme to ensure that it provides more high-quality training opportunities,” said Haynes.

The minister has asked the Skills Funding Agency to review what funding they might make available to support the work of Group Training Associations (GTAs) and to help them expand.
He believed that GTAs can and should play a major role in our drive to increased advanced and higher level skills in growth sectors.

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