FAKE APPRENTICESHIPS - CRACKDOWN PLANNED
Young people are being lured into fake apprenticeships, only to find later they are unqualified, say businesses and bona fide training providers.
These schemes can leave students out of work, according to responses to a consultation on plans to give apprenticeships legal protection.
A planned government crackdown will include powers to prosecute trainers who misuse the term "apprenticeship".
Apprenticeships need similar controls to university degrees, say ministers.
"Everyone knows what a university degree means," said Skills Minister Nick Boles.
"It's an official title. Young people doing apprenticeships should get the same level of distinction."
The government response follows the introduction of the Enterprise Bill, which includes a clause on prosecuting providers who claim to be offering apprenticeships but in fact offer only low-level training.
The word "apprenticeship" would be defined in law "to ensure people get the best training and opportunities", said Mr Boles. Read more...