Top level apprentice standards for engineering

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Graduate and post-graduate level apprenticeships will soon be available in subjects including advanced engineering, announced Skills Minister Matthew Hancock.

From next year changes to the Specification of Apprentices Standards for England (SASE) will mean that level six and seven apprenticeships – equivalent to bachelors and masters degree level – will be available for the first time, making vocational learning an alternative to traditional higher education routes.

Hancock said: "In the past, apprenticeships were restricted to only some trades, and some parts of the economy.

"Now we are introducing apprenticeships in all types of jobs, including a new route to the professions, to ensure everyone can reach their potential.”