Queen's speech announces need for greater apprenticeship provision in the UK

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05 / 6 / 2014 12.26pm

The need for greater apprenticeship provision in the UK was a key announcement made in the Queen’s annual speech delivered on 4 June 2014. The ambition highlighted by the Queen was for Government to increase the total number of apprenticeship places to two million by the end of the Parliament.  The guidance notes also outlined the Government’s plans to route apprenticeship funding through employers in the future, to give them greater control and purchasing power over apprenticeship training.

Building apprenticeship programmes within the NHS can be a cost effective means of creating a skilled, flexible and motivated workforce to further improve the quality of NHS healthcare.  Across our web pages we have both information and tools and resources that offer support to employers in developing apprenticeship programmes.

We are also keen to highlight examples of best practice in the delivery of apprenticeships within the NHS and would encourage you to contact lisa.atkin@nhsemployers.org if you have a success story that you wish to share.

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