Consultation outcome

Protecting the term apprenticeship

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

We will include a clause in the Enterprise Bill to protect the term ‘apprenticeship’ from misuse by unauthorised training providers.

The measure will create an offence for a person, in the course of business, to provide or offer a course or training as an apprenticeship if it is not a statutory apprenticeship. Employers cannot commit the offence in relation to their employees. We are proposing that the offence is summary only and the maximum penalty is a fine.

See the impact assessment for more information on these proposals.

Detail of feedback received

We received 92 responses from a wide variety of interested parties including:

  • employers
  • private training providers
  • colleges
  • schools
  • universities
  • apprentices
  • representative groups

Original consultation


We're consulting about legislation to protect the term ‘apprenticeship’ from misuse.

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Consultation description

We’re asking for further evidence on the problems identified around the misuse of the term ‘apprenticeship’. We invite responses to a number of potential actions government can take to address them, particularly the proposed legislation in the Enterprise Bill.


Published 29 July 2015
Last updated 21 September 2015 + show all updates
  1. Added government response and summary of responses.
  2. First published.