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The TUC is running an apprenticeship project. The main focus of the project is developing the TUC's existing policy on apprenticeships and supporting affiliate unions' work on apprenticeships across the country.

As well as mapping out existing union apprenticeship projects, the project team works to support affiliate unions through regional workshops, regional courses for reps, guides for apprentices on their rights at work as well as a toolkit for reps to negotiate with employers and to support apprentices at work.

For more information about apprenticeships and their rights, please visit the unionlearn website


Graham Randle ( 07747025931) Apprenticeships, Liaison and Promotions Officer

The report Under-representation by gender and race in apprenticeships, warns that gender stereotyping is dissuading young women from pursuing careers in traditionally male industries.
11 December 2013
The TUC today (Friday) called on the government to take urgent action after official figures revealed that three in ten (29 per cent) apprentices were paid less than the legal minimum wage in 2012.
04 October 2013
Stronger regulation and enforcement is needed to weed out sub-standard apprenticeship schemes and raise quality standards, the TUC says today (Thursday) in its submission to the Richard Review into the future of apprenticeships.
06 September 2012
In response to the Prime Minister's announcement of a £25 million fund to support advanced and higher apprenticeships, Tom Wilson, unionlearn director said: “If apprenticeships are to be meaningful, they need to led on to higher-level studies and skills. Employers need to support apprentices to degree level and beyond if...
22 July 2011
As cuts to public spending come thick and fast, the Northern and national TUC and local unions are happy to support the ‘Small Change, Big Difference' Ten Minute Rule Bill, which aims to increase the number of private sector work-based apprenticeships available to young people by effective use of public...
14 September 2010
Commenting on the Skills for Sustainable Growth consultation, launched today (Thursday) by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
22 July 2010
Employers piggy backing off the popularity of apprenticeships with their own poor quality courses could ruin the brand reputation that has been built up over the last decade, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber will warn at a conference today (Friday).
16 April 2010
Commenting on the Skills White Paper, published today (Wednesday), TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
11 November 2009
The national minimum wage (NMW) should be extended to all apprentices as more than half are currently exempt, the TUC says today (Friday) in its submission to the Low Pay Commission (LPC).
30 October 2009
Responding to the latest figures on apprenticeship starts, published today (Thursday) by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
22 October 2009