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​The ABA apprenticeship scheme is changing

In contrast to an internship, which typically lasts for six weeks, the ABA scheme allows for a trainee bookseller to work for an ABA bookseller for two years. During that time, the trainee will gain valuable experience, while the ABA bookseller gets financial support from the Educational Trust. Trainees are paid for both their normal working hours and the time they spend training.
Published on 05 May 2017
The trainee follows a curriculum of guided learning designed to introduce all aspects of the antiquarian book trade, which includes study at the London Rare Books School and the York Antiquarian Book Seminar. The ABA Educational Trust is delighted to have seen two trainees through to full time employment in the antiquarian book trade: Oliver Clegg at Sotheran’s and Hannah Aspinall at George Bayntun.

The reason for the name change

Major changes to apprenticeship funding are due to come into place in 2017. Large employers across the UK will start paying an apprenticeship levy in April 2017 and a new funding system will be introduced in England in May 2017. In preparation for this, the Enterprise Act 2016 gave apprenticeships the same legal treatment as degrees and the term “apprenticeship” was protected to allow the government to take action if it is misused by training providers.
It is the ABA Educational Trust’s intention in the long term to apply for government recognition for ABA booksellers as apprenticeship training providers. Meanwhile, however, we are obliged to avoid the term "apprentice" and refer to "trainee booksellers".

For more details of the scheme, please email Adam Douglas
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