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Administrative side of apprenticeships to be cut down

Skills minister John Hayes today announced measures to encourage employers to take on large numbers of apprentices, by making the bureaucratic process easier and less time-consuming.

Firms that contract directly with the government to train apprentices will now benefit from simplified payment, reporting and assessment requirements.

A trial “payment by outcomes” scheme will eliminate a number of data returns and audit requirements, while an online “plain English” toolkit for employers explains the end-to-end processes employers need to undertake for apprenticeships. Contracting arrangements and certification processes will be streamlined, and employers will have to spend less time preparing for audit and inspection.

Hayes said the new measures would “sweep away” bureaucracy and red tape that deters employers from taking on apprentices. “Many businesses have been put off by overly complex procedures and unnecessary layers of paperwork,” said business secretary Vince Cable.

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