To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much work-based learning is required in a programme-led apprenticeship; and if he will make a statement.
A Programme-led Apprenticeship (PLA) will deliver job skills, transferable skills and competence training and practice in an off-the-job setting prior to the apprentice moving into employment. The learner must spend a significant period of their learning in a work-based environment in employment in order to complete a full Apprenticeship.
A PLA is by definition linked to an Apprenticeship, the content of which is designed by the relevant Sector Skills Council to meet a sector's need. However, a PLA is not a full Apprenticeship. PLAs are not included in published Apprenticeship statistics and a young person has to be employed before they are counted.