Friday, December 5, 2008

News: £10m to expand apprenticeship programme


The Government has reaffirmed its commitment to developing the nation’s skills, with the launch of an innovative new trial to develop Apprenticeship Expansion Programmes aimed at increasing current Apprenticeship numbers to fill existing skills gaps. The trials, delivered through the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) will provide participating employers with access to funds of more than £10 million over the next three years, in a bid to increase the number of available apprenticeship vacancies. The Apprenticeship Expansion Programme trials will provide extra funding to employers who are currently running high quality apprenticeships. Financial support will be available to meet the additional costs associated with the trails such as the wage, training and management costs of learners. David Way, of the LSC said: "Given the current economic slowdown it is important that companies continue training their staff to maintain productivity and a competitive edge. Employing apprentices is an ideal way for businesses to position themselves as leaders for the recovery. The new funding will make it easier for businesses to do this and provide the opportunity for industry sectors to successfully fill their existing skills gaps."
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