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Just 15 independent training providers would be eligible to receive the government’s new £3,000 apprenticeship top-ups if recent trends continue, FE Week analysis has revealed.

Treasury ministers this week announced 13 apprenticeship standards have been chosen to attract an extra £3,000 on top of their current funding band through a £50 million apprenticeship “growth pilot” from April.

But strict rules require training providers to start at least 15 apprentices to access the bonus funding.

The two-year growth pilot was announced in November’s autumn statement, but details only emerged this week ahead of the spring budget.

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