The government today (1 October 2018) announced a package of reforms to ensure the Apprenticeship Levy provides people with the skills they need to succeed.

A further £5 million was announced for the Institute for Apprenticeships to introduce new standards and updating existing ones so that more courses can be offered.The government will discontinue the old frameworks so that all new apprenticeships will be on the same higher-quality standards by the start of the 2020/21 academic year.

Sir Gerry Berragan, chief executive of the Institute for Apprenticeships, said:

The Institute has made huge strides this year and approved the 350th apprenticeship standard, taking us beyond the number of standards available in Switzerland and Germany – both of whom have very mature apprenticeship systems.
This investment is not only a great endorsement of the work the Institute has done over the past 18 months, but also the efforts of all the employers who have developed these new apprenticeship standards.
With the additional £5m, we can ensure standards approved prior to the Institute began are of a high quality, and support the delivery of 500 apprenticeship standards by the end of next year.

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