Schools as employers of apprentices

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Motion #18

THAT Conference notes that from April 2017 all local authority-maintained schools will be required to pay the apprenticeship levy and, in order to recoup the apprenticeship levy, schools will be required to recruit apprentices.

Conference further notes that from March 2018, schools will be required to meet apprenticeship targets under the new public sector duty.

Conference calls upon the Executive Committee to lobby Government to ensure that:

(i) all apprentices, in all sectors of education, are fairly paid, and are not employed as cheap replacements for qualified and experienced staff

(ii) any apprenticeship standard that is developed meets the definition of good quality laid out in ATL’s Good Quality Apprenticeships position statement, and that it meets the needs of pupils and schools

(iii) all apprenticeship frameworks for school-based roles are developed with representation from education unions.