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Apprentices: Young People

Question for Department for Education

UIN 277672, tabled on 16 July 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether he plans to reintroduce young apprenticeships.

Answered on

22 July 2019

There are currently no plans to reintroduce the Young Apprenticeships programme.

However, high-quality apprenticeships are available to people of all ages. Our reforms are improving apprenticeships by making them longer with more off-the job training and formal assessment at the end.

An apprenticeship provides the foundation for a successful career and is a great option for young people who are strong academically but want on-the-job experience and a high-quality alternative to full-time university study.

Traineeships are available to provide quality training to those young people who need to develop their skills and experience in order to enter the labour market. The department’s recent Traineeship Impact Evaluation Report shows that 75% of trainees are in apprenticeships, other jobs, or further learning a year after their traineeship.