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Part 4The Chief Executive of Skills Funding

Chapter 1Establishment and main duties

Apprenticeship training for persons aged 16 to 18 and certain young adults

83Apprenticeship training for persons aged 16 to 18 and certain young adults

(1)The Chief Executive may secure the provision of facilities for suitable apprenticeship training for persons—

(a)who are over compulsory school age but under 19, or

(b)who are aged 19 or over but under 25 and are subject to learning difficulty assessment.

(2)In deciding for the purposes of subsection (1) whether apprenticeship training is suitable for persons for whom facilities are provided, the Chief Executive must have regard (in particular) to—

(a)the persons’ ages, abilities and aptitudes,

(b)any learning difficulties the persons may have,

(c)the quality of the training,

(d)the locations and times at which the training is provided.

(3)In exercising the power conferred by subsection (1), the Chief Executive must have regard (in particular) to the desirability of—

(a)encouraging diversity of apprenticeship training available to persons;

(b)increasing opportunities for persons to exercise choice;

(c)enabling persons to whom Part 1 of the Education and Skills Act 2008 (c. 25) applies to fulfil the duty imposed by section 2 of that Act (duty to participate in education or training).

(4)Subsections (6) and (7) of section 15ZA of the Education Act 1996 (c. 56) (meaning of learning difficulty) apply for the purposes of this section as they apply for the purposes of that section.

(5)In this Part “apprenticeship training” means training provided in connection with—

(a)an apprenticeship agreement,

(b)any other contract of employment, or

(c)any other kind of working in relation to which alternative English completion conditions apply under section 1(5).

84Arrangements and co-operation with local education authorities

(1)The Chief Executive may enter into arrangements with local education authorities in England under which the Chief Executive is to secure the provision of apprenticeship training by virtue of section 83.

(2)The Chief Executive must co-operate with a local education authority in England where the authority is—

(a)making any determination as to the provision of apprenticeship training that should be secured under section 15ZA(1) of the Education Act 1996 (duty in respect of education and training for persons over compulsory school age: England), or

(b)securing the provision of any apprenticeship training under that section.

85Encouragement of training provision etc for persons within section 83

(1)The Chief Executive must—

(a)encourage employers to participate in the provision of training within the Chief Executive’s remit for persons who are within section 83(1)(a) or (b);

(b)encourage employers to contribute to the costs of training within the Chief Executive’s remit for such persons.

(2)For the purposes of subsection (1)(a), participating in the provision of training includes participating by entering into—

(a)an apprenticeship agreement, or

(b)any other contract of employment in connection with which training is provided.