Apprenticeships should last 12 months, says the NAS

David Way

David Way encourages employers to support high quality apprenticeships

The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) has revealed a minimum duration for apprenticeships after a review found that 87 cases lasted six months or less. The new requirement is that from August 2012, apprenticeships for 16-18 year olds should last at least twelve months. This rule follows the Apprenticeship Quality Statement and outlines the standards that the NAS put forward when it comes to professional apprenticeships.

Chief Executive of the National Apprenticeship Service, David Way, said: “Through identifying and challenging programmes that were not up to scratch it is clear that an Apprenticeship should not be achieved in a very short space of time. Tackling short duration is key to making sure all Apprenticeships are fit for purpose, but it also helped us to delve into other areas requiring improvement, and address these in detail through the Quality Action Plan.