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The introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017 is giving organisations the opportunity to review their approach to learning and development (L&D), according to the employers who took part in a Q&A session at CMI’s 2017 Partner Conference, held recently in Birmingham.

The new breed of higher Trailblazer apprenticeships – now a professional route for development for young people joining the workforce and for those already established in their careers – are changing the game for those who want to upskill and remain relevant in a fast-changing workplace.

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Apprenticeship Target

The claim: Since 2010, the government has revived the culture of apprenticeships by creating two million new places and will create another three million by 2020.
Reality Check verdict: There were not two but nearly two-and-a-half million new apprenticeships created in England under the coalition government between 2010-11 and 2014-2015.
Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the culture of apprenticeships had been revived with the creation of two million new places between 2010 and 2015.

That period was actually the time of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government.
Skills and training are devolved policy areas so the figures quoted by Mr Green apply to England only.
There were not two but nearly two-and-a-half million new apprenticeships in that period. According to a report by the House of Commons Library, using figures by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills, between 2010-11 and 2014-15, there were 2.428 million new apprenticeships started in England.

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