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  • The Richard review of apprenticeships

    The Richard review of apprenticeships

    URN: 12/1323

    Publication date: 27 Nov 2012

    Reports the findings from an independent review, carried out by Doug Richard, on what an apprenticeship should be, and how apprenticeships can meet the needs of the changing economy. Recommendations include redefining apprenticeships, focusing with greater rigour on the outcome of an apprenticeship, and using recognised industry standards to form the basis of every apprenticeship. It also recommends ensuring that all apprentices reach a good level in English and maths before they can complete their apprenticeship, creating the right incentives for apprenticeship training through government funding, and encouraging greater diversity and innovation in training.

  • Ensuring equity markets support long-term growth: government response to the Kay review

    Ensuring equity markets support long-term growth: government response to the Kay review

    URN: 12/1188

    Publication date: 22 Nov 2012

    Government's response to Professor John Kay's report into the effect of UK equity markets on the competitiveness of UK business (URN 12/917). Explains why the Government accepts Professor Kay’s analysis and his suggested principles for UK equity markets, and the directions from these principles for market participants and regulatory policy makers. Also provides detailed responses to the 17 more specific review recommendations, explaining what steps the Government is taking to deliver these, and where they are engaging with business and investment industry stakeholders to encourage them to take the lead.

  • midata: government response to 2012 consultation

    midata: government response to 2012 consultation

    URN: 12/944

    Publication date: 19 Nov 2012

    Government response to the consultation to provide midata with a statutory underpinning (URN 12/943). Explains the government's proposals for the midata programme and summarises public responses to the consultation. See also the final impact assessment 12/944.