New changes to Modern Apprenticeships have been announced which will provide more flexibility for employers, including those in the public sector, while also widening access for rural communities, people with disabilities and experience of care.
The following changes will come into effect for providers delivering Modern Apprenticeships in 2017-18:
- A new Rural Supplement for training providers in recognition of the additional costs for delivering in rural areas
- The removal of public sector eligibility restrictions, meaning from April 2017, public sector employers will have the same access to Modern Apprenticeship funding as those in the private and third sector
- An increase in the number of Modern Apprenticeships Frameworks that can be supported for apprentices aged over 25
- Enhanced contribution rates for disabled people and those with experience of care up to the age of 29.