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The Government’s apprenticeships policies lack focus and will not close the skills gap because they fail to concentrate on the sectors and regions where training is most needed, an MPs' report warns.

An apprenticeship body has confirmed that Functional Skills will be accepted on the current early years apprenticeship framework.

The apprenticeship levy will worsen the North-South divide in training opportunities and jobs, a leading think-tank has warned.

All newly qualified Level 2 and 3 entrants to the early years workforce must have a paediatric first-aid (PFA) certificate within three months of starting work in order to be included in ratios.

The DfE has published the revised Early Years Foundation Stage framework to incorporate the new Level 3 qualification requirements and first aid regulations.

New legislation setting targets to reduce and end child poverty in Scotland is currently being considered by Scottish ministers.

The new apprenticeship funding system could result in lower wages for employees, a think tank has claimed.

The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents councils in England and Wales, wants small maintained schools to be exempt from the levy to put them on an equal footing with similar sized academies and faith schools.

The government has launched a consultation on the Institute for Apprenticeships, which it says will be an ‘independent body to act as the guarantor of the integrity of the apprenticeships system, with a mandate to assure quality and provide objective advice on future funding for apprenticeship training.’