How are apprenticeships affected in the 2015 General Election?

The 2015 general election is only months away and Big Hospitality have noted that many political parties are setting out policies that could affect those in the hospitality industry.

  • Apprenticeships play a big role in the majority of the parties’ plans and there is a push to improve and develop the apprenticeship system, which is great news for the hospitality sector.
  • The Government is still developing three new hospitality apprenticeship standards via its apprenticeship ‘trailblazers programme’. For more information, have a look at our previous article on the standards in development.
  • Prime Minister David Cameron has plans to fund three million new apprenticeships if the Conservatives win a clear majority.
  • Labour wants the amount of young people to go on an apprenticeship to be equal to the number of people that go to university by 2025. Milliband also wants to raise the “standard and quality of apprenticeships so they last a minimum of two years.”
  • Business Secretary Vince Cable plans to increase the national minimum wage for apprenticeships from £2.73 to £3.79 an hour from October 2015.

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