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A position in which one learns a trade or occupation by working directly under a skilled person. The student (called an apprentice) may be paid a small amount or may simply receive room and board.


a form of TRAINING which involves workers committing themselves to one employer for a period of time during which they are to acquire the skills of the trade, mainly through informal instruction by those already skilled (supplemented by some college-provided tuition). Once trained in this way such workers have a set of recognized skills which can, in theory, lead to employment in any organization in the industry. The apprenticeship system has been much censured because it can transmit outdated skills, because competence is defined in terms of time served rather than skills acquired, and because it serves to limit the supply of skilled labour. The employer may not recoup the costs of an apprenticeship in the long run because the apprentice, once trained, may leave for alternative employment. The long-term decline in the apprenticeship system in the UK accelerated towards the end of the 1980s as government removed many of its statutory supports, e.g. by abolishing the Industry Training Boards (established in 1964) and removing the right of those remaining to levy ‘taxes’ on employers to support training. However, mounting alarm about skill shortages led to the apprenticeship system being revitalized in the mid-1990s as the modern apprenticeship. This new form of apprenticeship leads to a NATIONAL VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATION, whilst progress during the apprenticeship is monitored more systematically (with reference to clear industry standards) than under the traditional system.
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If you're interested in an apprenticeship, but need more skills and experience in order to get on to one, a traineeship could be for you.
Providing new apprenticeship programs with more time to develop initial affirmative action programs, as well as providing all apprenticeship programs that meet their responsibilities under the rule with additional flexibility in how often they must update their plans.
Department of Labor (DOL) has put renewed focus into growing and promoting apprenticeship programs and made the largest investment in apprenticeship in the nation's history by providing $175 million in grants to 46 programs across the nation.
Thanks to the co-operation and dedication of employers and training providers our apprenticeship success rate has grown to an impressive 84%, compared to 69% in England.
New evidence from the UK Government's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills suggests that the return on every pound of public money invested in a Foundation Apprenticeship and an Apprenticeship could be as high as PS26 and PS28 respectively.
Today 90 per cent T of apprentices stay in employment after nishing their apprenticeship, which includes two per cent self-employed, and 71 per cent stay with the same employer.
is annual event is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and is all about getting more small businesses to take on apprentices, promoting the range of apprenticeships on oer including those at higher level and within Blue Chip companies.
Ms Elliott's views come as the National Apprenticeship Service drives home the positive impact of apprenticeships on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.
Sue Husband, director of apprenticeships at the National Apprenticeship Service, said: "The employers of yesterday, like those of today, recognised the value of apprenticeships in equipping people with the skills businesses required.
The report will be instrumental to shaping the direction of apprenticeship programmes in the North East and support continued economic growth.
uk for details about what is going on in your area for Apprenticeship Week and to find out more about apprenticeships.
Now in its seventh year, the initiative, which runs between March 3 and March 7, is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service.

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