Degree-level Apprenticeships

Part of Education – in the House of Commons at on 29 January 2024.

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Photo of Gillian Keegan Gillian Keegan The Secretary of State for Education

Absolutely. Obviously, one reason for the reduction in some of the SME numbers is the fact that we made improvements to ensure that every single apprenticeship was of high quality. I want to make sure that all young people who embark on an apprenticeship, as I did, put their trust in the system and get what they deserve. We have removed the limit on caps on SMEs, and we are working on reducing the number of steps to make it easier for them to access the system. We are also looking at what more we can do: we are focusing on a number of ways in which to ensure that apprenticeships work well for SMEs, which account for 70% of employment.[This section has been corrected on 29 February 2024, column 4MC — read correction] (Correction)