Apprenticeship landscape alters as funding handed to employers

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NEW apprenticeship training providers are coming on the scene in Milton Keynes.

Milton Keynes Apprenticeship Academy is being launched today (January 26) and a new programme for the hospitality industry will be officially launched in Newport Pagnell on February 1.

Milton Keynes Apprenticeship Academy, in Silbury Court East, Silbury Boulevard, will combine the National IT Partnership and the Accounting Academy Partnership. Bedford College is a partner in the venture.

Meanwhile De Vere Academy, at Harben House in Newport Pagnell, has redesigned its apprenticeship programme to fit new training standards.

The De Vere Apprenticeship programme will last a minimum of 12 months with apprentices in full employment with the De Vere group or its partners following the successful completion of a short access phase.

l Businesses are being given the chance to bid for money to take control of their training needs. They will be able to access £50million this year and £200million in 2013. By giving money directly to employers, the government hopes it will invest in designing, developing and purchasing vocational training programmes.

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