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Explained: how the new apprenticeships system will work

The launch of a new business levy this month promises a huge expansion of in-work training

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This month, a levy on large employers to fund the expansion of the apprenticeship programme came into force. And next week will bring the introduction of a new funding system for apprenticeships. But how exactly will the new approach work? Tes answers the crucial questions.

What is an apprenticeship?

In the simplest terms, apprenticeships combine working with studying for a work-based qualification. They can be taken up by new or existing employees, and can sit at anything from level 2 (GCSE equivalent) up to level 7 (on a par with a Master’s degree). They take between one and four years to ...

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