Sunday 14 June 2015 11:36 pm

Apprenticeships will be treated same as degrees under new law

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Apprenticeships will be given protected legal status under a new law to be introduced later this year, the government announced yesterday.

The business department said that the forthcoming enterprise bill will make the term “apprenticeship” protected in law, in the same way as a university degree.

“If university graduates have their moment in the sun so should people who undertake apprenticeships,” skills minister Nick Boles said.

“Businesses know their value so it’s high time they were recognised both by the public and in law as being equal to degrees.”

The government also said that in order to meet its goal of creating 3m apprenticeships by the end of the current parliament, it would assign public sector employers, such as schools, hospitals and prisons, their own targets for taking on more apprentices.

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