Innovation, Universities and Skills written question – answered on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Shadow Minister (14-19 Reform and Apprenticeships)

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.

Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills) (Skills)

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.

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