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IfATE is implementing a new and improved policy for how mandatory qualifications will work with apprenticeships.

Many existing apprenticeships include the requirement to study and achieve particular qualifications. These are typically referred to as ‘mandatory qualifications’.

This arrangement can be good for apprentices - supporting them to achieve occupational licences and other certifications that businesses consider important.

But IfATE recognised there was room for improvement in how these mandatory qualifications are used within apprenticeships and launched a public consultation last December on our plans. The responses showed broad support so we are unveiling the new policy from today.

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