Julia Belgutay

Farming apprenticeships at risk amid funding cuts

Colleges warn funding changes will make some provision ‘financially unviable’

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Swathes of agricultural apprenticeships could be scrapped because funding changes threaten to make them financially unviable, land-based colleges have warned.

Landex, the umbrella body for land-based colleges, has told TES that, even with the transitional protection for 16-18 apprentices that was announced in October, funding for agriculture apprenticeships will drop by as much as a quarter in May.

This is a major risk to the government in hitting its apprenticeship targets

Overall, the funding for 16-18 learners following land-based apprenticeships will be reduced by an average of 20 ...

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