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New apprenticeships to include unpaid trial period

Following the launch of a new government scheme, businesses across the UK will soon be able to “try before they buy” to find their next apprentice.

From August, the new Access to Apprenticeships scheme will come into place providing help and support for young people aged 16-24.

The scheme aims to provide young people with the opportunity to demonstrate to employers their commitment to work and study to a required standard.

Under the scheme, employers can take on a perspective apprentice for up to 12 weeks unpaid work experience over the period of six months.

If they achieve the required standard during this period, then each apprentice will complete the remainder of their training as a paid employee for £100 per week. Upon qualification a payment will then be made back to the employer.

“It’s a great incentive for employers, as it’s really a win-win situation for them,” said vocational training provider ATL chief executive officer Nick Hayward.

“An employer will be able to secure an extra pair of hands for a whole year for as little as £1,500.

“For employers who want an apprentice but who are uncertain about finding someone suitable for their business, it gives them a chance to try them out.”

Access to Apprenticeships will provide up to 10,000 places in the first year, with a similar amount expected to be created in following years.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Will you please expand more on the likely role of the 'Perspective Apprentices'? 10,000 spaces seems to be rather ambitious for what may be a specialised function

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