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National Apprenticeship Service

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he expects the National Apprenticeship Service to be established. (247242)

‘World-class Apprenticeships’ announced that from April 2009 there would be a separately branded, customer-facing National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) which will have end-to-end responsibility for the apprenticeship programme in England, including ultimate accountability for the national delivery of targets.

Good progress is being made in setting up the NAS and the chief executive, Simon Waugh, will take up post on 2 February. The NAS is on track to be fully operational from April 2009.

Excellent progress is also being made on the National Apprenticeship Vacancy Matching Service (NAVMS). The web-based matching service was launched on 12 January and the full service to employers and would-be apprentices will be in place in April 2009.