Update from BIS: Boost for apprenticeships
17 Nov 2011
Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced new measures to ensure more young people benefit from an apprenticeship, and to help employers gain the skilled workers they need to grow. Full details can be found here.
Speaking alongside Skills Minister John Hayes at a business summit in London on 16 November, Dr Cable said that the Government would slash the red tape that can deter hard pressed firms from taking on apprentices and provide a financial incentive to help the smallest firms recruit their first young apprentices.
The new measures include:
Vince Cable said: “The apprenticeships programme is a success story, with record numbers of learners starting an apprenticeship this year. But I have listened to employers and will go further to ensure that investment is targeted where impact is greatest, delivering the specific skills businesses need to drive growth … When times are tough, it’s right that we provide additional support to help the smallest firms meet training costs. We’ll cut no corners on quality. Apprenticeships will remain the gold standard for excellence in vocational training - but where red tape serves no purpose, we’ll strip it away.”