David Cameron unveils plans for more rigorous apprenticeships

David Cameron has unveiled plans to overhaul apprenticeships in England. Apprentices will undergo rigorous academic assessments, with a focus on English and Maths. They will spend at least 20% of their time in training rather than learning on the job. Additionally, apprenticeships will last a minimum of a year and the learner will gain a pass, merit or distinction upon completion.

David Cameron said: “I said earlier this month that I want us to deal with the scourge of youth unemployment by giving young people more chances and choices in life. This goes to the heart of my vision for this country: backing hard working people who want to get on in life and making sure Britain competes and thrives in the global race.”

“The reforms we’re announcing today will put employers in the driving seat and ensure that we deliver high quality training that supports you and our economy for years to come. And as the range of companies signed up today shows, these are apprenticeships in different industries and sectors meaning people have a real choice about the career they want and our economy is balanced.”