Sixteen to eighteen year olds are being offered a new apprenticeship for at least one year. This is a part of a series of reforms which have been designed to keep a better eye on employers who run apprenticeship schemes. Under the new law, it will be mandatory to include adequate job relevant learning experiences and opportunities. However, when providers fail to accomplish these goals, it is possible that public funding would be withdrawn.
Apprenticeships will be run and overseen by the National Apprenticeship Scheme (NAS), which is run by the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS). It is possible that they may even look into extending the 12 month requirement for those whose ages go beyond 18. These new measures would also remove some of the things that stand in the way in appointing apprentices and removing some of the requirements regarding health and safety which are not already part of the overall national health and safety legislation.
This is a step forward in what attempts to be done in the reform of apprenticeships. However, it is important to note that there is still much to do in order to achieve all goals. There is still the desire to more fully and accurately make aware apprenticeship's reputation.
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