Apprenticeship

In an apprenticeship a young person is employed to gain a combination of professional and skill experience for a specified occupation on a job, under a contract of employment. In the UK, the aim is to achieve a recognised standard of competence, as laid out in a concise document, describing the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to qualify. The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, set up in 2009 under the Apprenticeships, Skills and Learning Act, is an employer led body working with groups in recognised occupations (numbered in 100s) setting standards for managing the conduct of apprenticeships and the end point assessment. Employers receive financial support from the Government to employ and train apprentices.

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