16 June 2015 | Herpreet Grewal
Apprenticeships will be given equal treatment as degrees, the government announced this week.
The government said protecting the term 'apprenticeship' in law would strengthen their reputation, help working people and ensure apprenticeships are recognised "as a career path equal to higher education".
Nick Boles, Minster of state for skills made the announcement along with a confirmation that the commitment to create 3 million apprenticeships by 2020 will be "enshrined in law". Public sector bodies will also be set targets to help reach 3 million.
Tim Haywood, finance director and head of sustainability at support services company Interserve, welcomed the announcement as positive for the FM sector. Interserve is already planning to set up FM academy to train ex-offenders for entry level jobs in areas such as guarding and cleaning.