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Succession toasts apprenticeship programme

Succession Group is set to create several apprenticeships as part of the government’s Trailblazers scheme, head of corporate services Julie-anne Sunderland has said following a meeting with Education Minister Nicky Morgan.

She said: “Succession Group is already reaping the benefits of using the apprenticeship programme to boost our workforce. We plan to create a number of new client servicing apprenticeships as part of the Government’s Trailblazers scheme.”

Succession joined ministers and other businesses at an apprentice roundtable at Number 11 Downing Street to discuss the role of apprenticeships in the workplace and to consider how the Trailblazers scheme can implement new apprenticeships to address skills shortfalls and future-proof the financial services sector by investing in talent.

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Business secretary Vince Cable announced on 9 December that the government has fulfilled its commitment to starting 2m apprenticeships in this Parliament. He said that this important achievement highlights the continued success of apprenticeships since 2010 in giving people the skills they need to get on and in supporting businesses of all sizes to grow their talent.

The department for business, innovation and skills launched Trailblazers in 2013. It was designed to make apprenticeships more attractive to employers by simplifying the system and making them more rigorous and better aligned to employers’ requirements.

These new Trailblazer Apprenticeships standards start to be delivered during 2015, and will replace all the existing Apprenticeship Frameworks from 2017.