Minimum 12 Months Duration for Apprenticeships

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The Government has recently announced that all apprenticeships will last for a minimum of 12 months. Subject to consultation with employers and providers of apprentice training, it is expected that the new standards will come into force in August 2012. Apprenticeships will be a minimum of 12 months without exception for 16 to 18 year olds and one to four years for apprentices aged 19 and over. A number of major reforms have recently been announced to improve the quality and standards of apprenticeship training to ensure that every apprenticeship meets the standards expected by both employers and apprentices. It is recognised that some adults may have prior learning and so in these cases, the minimum duration of 12 months will apply unless previous learning has been recorded and reduced funding is claimed as a result. However, the duration must not be less than six months. Don’t forget that the National Apprenticeship service is offering 40,000 Apprenticeship Grants to small and medium sized businesses who employ fewer than 250 people of £1,500 to recruit their first apprentice between 16 and 24 years of age.

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