Select Committee on Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Seventh Report

7  Conclusions

The legislation is justified because it will strengthen the structure for apprenticeships in England. But it needs additional measures, particularly those to guarantee quality of training and to allow apprentices to progress in their chosen professions. As the legislation builds on existing structures we expect that it is workable. Whether it will deliver the Government's targets and a renaissance in apprenticeships depends on the detail of the system and on whether employers, which the legislation places in the driving seat, make full use of the provisions and the other measures to promote apprenticeships. We cannot wait until 2020 to discover whether the legislation is working. The Government will need to review the legislation by 2014. If insufficient employers are establishing apprenticeships the Government will have to consider stronger measures to change behaviour.

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