Question to the Department for Education:
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to to encourage students to take up (a) nursing apprenticeships and (b) other vital vocational apprenticeships following the covid-19 outbreak.
Apprenticeships will be more important than ever in helping businesses to recruit the right people and develop the skills they need to recover and grow in light of COVID-19.
To help employers offer new apprenticeships, as part of the government's Plan for Jobs, they are now able to claim £2,000 for every new apprentice they hire under the age of 25, and £1,500 for new apprentices aged 25 and over. As set out by my right hon. Friend, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, at Spending Review, we have extended the eligibility period for these incentives until 31 March 2021, continuing our support for employers during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Nursing apprenticeships offer a high-quality work-based route into the profession, in addition to the established higher education route. There is now a complete apprentice pathway from entry-level through to postgraduate-level from Nursing Associate at Level 5 to Registered Nurse at Level 6. Other standards available include District Nurse and Community Public Health Nurse. A full list of apprenticeship standards can be found here: https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/?.
In the first quarter of the 2020/21 academic year, there have been 560 starts on the ‘Registered Nurse – Degree’ apprenticeship standard and 1,660 starts on the ‘Nursing Associate’ apprenticeship standard.
In August 2020, the government announced a new financial package worth £172 million, to support employers to increase participation in nursing degree apprenticeships over the next four years. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) estimate this will enable 2,000 nurse degree apprentice starts in the 2020/21 academic year.
We are working closely with DHSC, employers and stakeholders to make sure the NHS is fully supported to recruit the apprentices it needs to deliver high-quality care.
To encourage students to consider nursing and other vital vocational apprenticeships, we are promoting apprenticeships in schools through our Apprenticeship Support & Knowledge programme. This free service provides schools and teachers with resources and interventions to help better educate young people about apprenticeships.
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24/04/2020 - Ofqual
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19/11/2018 - Parliamentary Research
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3. Impact assessment: Provider funding for the delivery of T Levels equality assessment
18/06/2019 - Department for Education
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4. Perceptions of vocational and technical qualifications - wave 4
17/06/2021 - Ofqual
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1. Oral Answers to Questions
12/10/2020 - Commons Chamber
1: levelling up opportunities for all. Our £1 billion covid recovery package includes a £350 million national - Speech Link
2: That is why our lifetime skills guarantee is so vital to ensure that people right across the country have - Speech Link
3: for the profession in Scotland, so will the Secretary of State agree to meet the General Teaching Council - Speech Link
2. Oral Answers to Questions
18/01/2021 - Commons Chamber
1: needed to take following the transition period. This included questions around participation in European Union - Speech Link
2: fees, many EU students will choose to study elsewhere, so how will the Secretary of State ensure that the - Speech Link
3: expand opportunities for students. Yes, there are many, many brilliant higher education student institutes - Speech Link
3. Oral Answers to Questions
22/06/2020 - Commons Chamber
1: tragedies. It was an appalling attack, and the Home Secretary will update the House later today.We are - Speech Link
2: unionist, who is sorely missed.The Secretary of State says that the Government will do whatever - Speech Link
4. Oral Answers to Questions
01/09/2020 - Commons Chamber
1: have covid must be reached. We are well off that target, I am afraid to say. Will the Secretary of State - Speech Link
2: the release of the intervention measures that will take place tomorrow and the more local approach to this - Speech Link
3: in the success of the local action that we had to take in Stockport and other parts of Greater Manchester - Speech Link
5. Oral Answers to Questions
23/11/2020 - Commons Chamber
1: self-isolate and from unfunded covid-19 cleaning costs. More than a quarter of all state schools are using reserve - Speech Link
2: Can the Secretary of State say how many pupils have been sent home from school for covid-related reasons - Speech Link
3: pupils and teachers have told me of students having been sent home three, four, even five times; some have - Speech Link