The apprenticeships programme Contents

Introduction

In England, an apprenticeship is a full-time paid job, available to those aged 16 or over, which incorporates on- and off-the-job training. In July 2016, the Department for Education (the Department) assumed overall responsibility for apprenticeship policy, having previously shared responsibility with the then Department for Business, Innovation & Skills. Several other bodies, such as the Skills Funding Agency, Ofsted and Ofqual, are also involved in overseeing the system. The Department is introducing some significant changes to support the delivery of the apprenticeships programme. For example: groups of employers, representing their sectors or occupations, are coming together to design a brand new set of apprenticeship standards; from April 2017, employers with a pay bill of over £3 million per year will be required to pay 0.5% of their pay bill in the form of an apprenticeship levy; and also in April 2017, an independent, employer-led Institute for Apprenticeships will begin to operate, whose role will include regulating the quality of apprenticeships. In 2015–16, public funding of apprenticeships was around £1.5 billion. In the five year period broadly equivalent to the last Parliament, there were around 2.4 million new apprenticeship starts. The current objective is to facilitate 3 million new apprenticeship starts during the period 2015 to 2020.





25 November 2016