Special Edition: 2015 Apprentices

Aisleen Pugh and Tracy White: The real cost of apprenticeships under new government plans

The government has announced that, as part of its long-term economic plan, it plans to create three million new apprenticeships by 2020. It was announced in the Queen’s Speech on 27 May 2015 that new legislation, namely the Full Employment and Welfare Benefits Bill, will introduce various duties on ministers to report annually on progress towards this target and also on achieving “full employment” in the UK and the highest employment rate in the G7.

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Sofie Lundberg: ‘Earn while you learn’ – the benefits of apprenticeships

Earlier this year it was revealed that large UK firms will be levied with a new tax to help fund the government’s promise of adding 3 million apprentices to the UK workforce by the year 2020. This huge step for apprenticeships must surely mean that the government believes this is the way for the future, as opposed to three years in lecture halls followed by potentially years of debt?

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