Bounty hunters? Government trails apprenticeship support

Published:  02 July, 2020

The Prime Minister has continued to suggest that much greater support for apprenticeships is on the cards, with the offer of an “Opportunity Guarantee” made in his speech on the economy yesterday (Tuesday 1 July), although specifics are still thin on the ground.

Meanwhile, in a separate announcement, companies may soon get a £3,000 bounty for each employee under 25 they take on and train.

During his speech at Dudley College at which he launched his £5 billion infrastructure New Deal, P.M Boris Johnson observed: “For a century we have failed to invest enough in further education and give young people the practical training and further education they need. "We will also offer an opportunity guarantee, so that every young person has the chance of an apprenticeship or an in-work placement so that they maintain the skills and confidence they need to find the job that is right for them."

Later in the day, the Department for Education said that delivery of the Guarantee would be made by a number of departments, and that details are still being finalised.

There is slightly more detail on the bounty scheme however. According to The Sun, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak will grant part of the money when they first take someone on, with the rest forthcoming when the apprenticeship ends.

The P.M initially dropped hints about the Opportunity Guarantee on 27 May at the daily Downing Street press conference. He said at the time that the government was looking to invest in skills and training to prevent a wave of unemployment among the under-25s.

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