The government has announced its intention to protect the word ‘apprenticeship’, by giving it a specific legal definition. The statutory definition is to be included in the draft Enterprise Bill.
In announcing the initiative, Skills Minister Nick Boles said: “Everyone knows what a university degree means. It’s an official title. Young people doing apprenticeships should get the same level of distinction. I’m supporting working people by defining the word ‘apprenticeship’ in law. This will ensure people get the best training and opportunities.”
The government has made a commitment for there to be three million new apprenticeships commenced in this Parliament. It is thought that the promotion of apprenticeships may have increased the potential for unscrupulous training providers and employers to describe courses or jobs as ‘apprenticeships’ which young people take up, only to discover that they do not gain the skills and qualifications that they expected to.
The statutory definition is likely to specify the minimum term of employment as well as the outcomes in terms of skills or qualifications. Apprenticeship schemes which attract public funding have already got strict requirements in terms of the length and specification of the programme. Since all CILEx Law School apprenticeship vacancies are for publicly-funded schemes, anyone who applies can be satisfied that these are excellent opportunities to gain valuable qualifications and workplace experience.
CILEx Law School welcomes this initiative.
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