The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has been a supporter of apprenticeships for many years, as well as being pleased with the efforts shown in this area by the previous and current governments.
However, the organisation has expressed concern that a few employers are offering substandard apprenticeship schemes, which run the risk of tarnishing this route into work entirely.
Brendan Barber, general secretary of the TUC, commented: "Ministers must use stricter enforcement and regulation to clamp down on rogue schemes. This is the best way to bolster the popularity of apprenticeships amongst potential trainees and industry leaders."
Furthermore, the TUC has called on the government to enforce minimum pay rates for apprentices, which is currently set at £2.60 for those under 19 or above this age but in their first year of a scheme.
Minimum duration of an apprenticeship scheme is another rule that needs to be better followed, the organisation continued. This is set to one year for intermediate courses and two years for advanced programmes at the moment.
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Posted by John Oak
Source: Salespeak News