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National Apprenticeship Service. Apprenticeships - Good for Business. Steve Jenkins. The Apprenticeship Programme. A work-based training programme designed around the needs of employers, which leads to nationally recognised qualifications

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National Apprenticeship Service

Apprenticeships - Good for Business

Steve Jenkins

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The Apprenticeship Programme

  • A work-based training programme designed around the needs of employers, which leads to nationally recognised qualifications

  • Offered at three levels, Apprenticeships (level 2) and Advanced Apprenticeships (level 3) and Higher Apprenticeships (level 4)

  • Each framework is designed by a Sector Skills Council and contains a number of qualifications:

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The Apprenticeship Programme

  • Apprenticeships can take between 1-4 years to complete

  • Day release basis or on-site delivery by a college or a private training provider

  • National Minimum Wage for apprentices is £2.50 per hour. The average salary is approximately £170 per week.

  • All apprentices must be employed for a minimum of 16 hours a week.

  • 16-18 year old training is fully funded by the government. Employers pay their salary.

  • More than 190 Apprenticeship Frameworks available within a variety of industry sectors ranging from accountancy & engineering to veterinary nursing and floristry.


10 March 2014

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Policy ContextDevelopment of Apprenticeships

  • Leitch Report 2006

    • World leader in skills by 2020

    • 90% + adults qualified to Level 2

    • Increased numbers taking Level 3

  • World Class Apprenticeships 2008 – response to Leitch

  • Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009

    • Apprenticeships one of five 14-19 pathways

    • Raising of the participation age to 18 by 2015

  • New Government Announcements

  • Additional adult apprenticeships

  • More advanced & higher level apprenticeship opportunities

  • New Government Skills Strategy & Skills Investment Strategy following 2 consultations over the summer due shortly

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Ambition for Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act put Apprenticeships on ‘statutory footing’ for the first time

400,000 apprentice starts a year by 2020

£1.337 billion funding for 10-11

New Government wishes to boost supply of employer led apprenticeships; especially at Level 3

New Government wishes to improve progression routes through apprenticeships into higher level skills and professional development

New technician class through an expanded apprenticeship system

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Ambition for Apprenticeships cont….

  • Build the Apprenticeship brand with business and public

  • Develop provider and employer training capacity to underpin expansion

  • April 2011 - all Level 3/4 frameworks to have UCAS points – now suspended

  • Increasing take up across the ability range

  • Tackling issues of under representation


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Apprenticeship Recent Developments

  • David Willets Speech at Conservative Conference – ‘Apprentices in certain sectors awarded Technician status.’

  • National Minimum Wage from 1st October

  • Redesign of frameworks as part of curriculum reform (e.g. functional skills, SASE)

  • CSR - Increase Adult Apprenticeships by 75, 000 a year by 14-15

  • John Hayes October Speeches – commitment to reinvigorate & expand apprenticeships and prioritise advanced level skills

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Apprenticeships in the South East

  • South East Apprenticeship Starts by Age in 09/10

    -1618 14,249

    -19-24 17,748

    -25+ 6,290

  • All age Male/Female ratio in 2009-10 was 62% / 38%

  • All age Level 2/Level 3 ratio in 2009-10 was 67%/32%

  • Over 130,000 employers nationally are offering Apprenticeship places

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Why become an apprentice?

Earn a salary Per Week

Lowest average (hairdressing) £109

Highest average (electro-technical) £210

Level 2 average £159

Level 3 average £179

Over 21 average £199

18 and under average £140

National Average £170


10 March 2014

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Progression to Higher Level Skills

  • Govt ambition to increase the number of level 3 apprentices that progress onto Level 4 (frameworks, foundation degrees, HEIs, other level 4 vocational activity)

  • Current flexible local HE provision is greatly valued by Apprentices

  • Positive development of Technician Class 18-30

  • Remains a need for continued HE awareness and aspiration raising amongst apprentices and development of innovative/flexible provision (i.e. Higher Level Apprenticeships beyond Level 4)

  • Need for greater awareness of Apprenticeship frameworks amongst HE Admissions staff and for their recognition within the UCAS tariff

  • Continued need for accessible HE Information Advice and Guidance, particularly for employers, who are important gatekeepers

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Challenges for the Apprenticeship Programme

Employers, Employers, Employers…..

Changing the attitudes of parents, schools, young people towards apprenticeships…

Stretching targets and demands of Government

Develop provider and employer training capacity to underpin expansion

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Why are Apprenticeships Important?

“Apprenticeships are the best business model for encouraging learning, developing mentoring and passing on specialist skills. Apprentices make things happen and can help a business to grow and thrive."

Lord Sugar