Government announces new apprenticeship measures

15/09/2011

Government announces new apprenticeship measures

Among the steps announced are a toolkit outlining the end-to-end process employers must follow for apprenticeships, streamlining of contract arrangements and certification processes and a more proportionate approach to audit and inspection.

Business secretary Vince Cable said that these schemes can benefit both employers and young people and address skills gaps in the economy, however, excessive bureaucracy has often deterred organisations from providing them.

"For far too long too many businesses have been put off by overly complex procedures and unnecessary layers of paperwork. We've worked with business to cut bureaucracy and ensure the benefits for employers, learners and the economy are maximised," he added.

High street fashion chain Next recently announced it could take on up to 1,000 young people through its apprenticeship scheme, with 500 candidates hired initially and the possibility of it being expanded.