Apprenticeships to be legally protected
The government have announced plans to legally protect apprenticeships, it was revealed over the weekend. This means that the term ‘apprenticeship’ can no longer be abused or undervalued and will be given equal legal treatment as degrees. Companies providing apprenticeships will be required to ensure that such apprenticeships meet certain requirements and standards to try to boost the value of apprenticeships. The new legislation, which is part of the Enterprise Bill, also means that the government can take action against companies or organisations whose apprenticeship schemes do not meet certain standards.
The government has promised to create three million apprenticeships by 2020 and will require public sector bodies to meet targets for taking on new apprentices.