The future of apprenticeships

31 July 2014

The Government consultation on the shape of the new apprenticeship scheme has now closed. Pending publication of the results in the autumn, the Government has provided clarification on some of the questions raised.

Following the conclusion of the consultation, guidance has been issued to guide the way forward for Trailblazer projects and for the eventual nationwide funding scheme. In particular, the Government has confirmed that (contrary to some previous indications) employers will not be required to meet the full cost of training upfront and claim the Government contribution at a later date. Funding will be made available as it is needed, although the mechanism for achieving this has yet to be determined.