The Apprenticeship Bill was first drafted in July of last year, but it has recently come to light again in the midst of the current economic crisis.

What the Bill aims to do…

The new Bill aims to give employees more access to training programmes linking directly to specific areas of work.

The Bill also focuses on young people getting jobs. The government claim that the ‘Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill’, as it also known, will give all suitably-qualified young people a legal right to on-the-job training development.

The focus of the Bill is to meet the goal of one in five young people being on a course leading directly to a job by 2020.

The Expected Results…

If the Bill is carried though, it will completely reshape the current apprenticeship legislation, which has been in place for nearly two hundred years.

It will also create a framework that is stronger and more effective in order to make sure all Skills Development Programmes are good enough quality. On top of this, it will give all staff already in business the right to ask for the training throughout their working lives.

Skills Secretary John Denham has said: “’This new Bill will put in place new rights so that at whatever stage you are in life, you can continue to improve your skills and get training to improve your career prospects.”

Why it’s coming to light now…

The government has recently announced that it will fund an extra 35,000 apprentices next year (2010). This means they intend to add an extra £140 million to the schemes they were planning, which were already costing them £1 billion.

What do you think?

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