The government’s flagship Apprenticeship Reform programme commenced on 1st May, however, the launch has been far from trouble free and all main providers are reporting that the enrolment of new apprentices is much lower than expected. Causes of the delays include the late publication of the final version of the Funding Rules and, of course, the General Election which placed everything on hold for six weeks.
The most recent delay was caused by the government’s decision to ask all main training providers to re-bid for funding allocations, an extremely time-consuming exercise.
The delays are not surprising. We now have our 4th government minister in five years. The previous three didn’t really get to grips with the issues. The new minister, Anne Milton, MP for Guildford, seems to have a slightly better approach and the slightly better news is that apprenticeship starts are starting to come through to the Cheynes Training head office.