Government Spending Review: Good News for Apprenticeships
21st October 2010
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The government’s eagerly awaiting comprehensive spending review had a welcome commitment to Apprenticeships for adults. The government has put more money into these programmes to expand the opportunity but they have also stated that individuals and employers will need to make a financial contribution too. West Berkshire Training Consortium  who deliver over 200 Adult Apprenticeships a year.

West Berkshire Training Consortium provides over 200 Adult Apprenticeships a year to employees who would usually be unable to access such thorough training programmes. A cut in funding had been feared but the following announcement has been welcomed:

“increases adult apprenticeship funding by £250 million a year by 2014-15 relative to the level inherited from the previous government; (quote from page 6 of Spending Review)”.


‘Apprenticeships are available to workers of all ages,’ explained Adam Tickel the Business Development Manager at WBTC. ‘They help improve productivity and provide an affordable alternative to expensive training programmes or university. We’re delighted that they have received this positive boost in such difficult times. Employers everywhere are looking to drive costs out of their business and funded Apprenticeship training is one huge cost saving.’

Adult Apprenticeships are funded through the government and have become increasingly popular since the upper age range was extended in 2007. Now anyone working can apply to undertake an Adult Apprenticeship although graduates usually are not eligible for funding. WBTC has trained many local people in Adult Apprenticeships in a wide variety of occupations from office skills to management and construction.

Notes – West Berkshire Training Consortium was established in 1983 and is a not-for-profit organisation that has helped thousands of Adults get Apprenticeship training with their employers.


For more information on the benefits of recruiting an Apprentice through WBTC contact Adam Tickel on 01635 35975 and

West Berkshire Training Consortium, 7 Cheap Street, Newbury, RG14 5DD

Tel: 01635 35975      website:

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