2013: the year for postgraduate apprenticeships

"Apprenticeships deliver," says Hancock

“Apprenticeships deliver,” says Hancock

Skills Minister Matthew Hancock has welcomed the development of the first graduate level Higher Apprenticeships across professional sectors.  He has called on other employers and training providers to get involved by creating new opportunities for people to gain job specific training. The governments GBP25m Higher Apprenticeship Fund has propelled the popularity of apprenticeships, will the aim of creating more than 20,000 Higher Apprenticeship starts by 2015.

A new framework for the first post-graduate level Higher Apprenticeship in Professional Services has also been approved, providing opportunities in areas such as accountancy, auditing and tax. This level 7 apprenticeship has been developed by PwC with partners from across the financial sector and will be put into effect from May 2013. This is anticipated to be the first Higher Apprenticeship to provide a work-based development route to chartered professional status.

Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said: “Britain’s prosperity depends on the high-level skills that create world-beating products and services. By creating new apprenticeships at degree level and above, the government is sending a clear signal that practical learning is a viable route to the professions. Apprenticeships deliver and offer the ideal opportunity for ambitious young people and adults to get ahead while earning a wage – and for employers to recruit the brightest and best recruits.”