The Government has today launched new measures to ensure young people and small businesses feel the full benefits of the successful expansion of apprenticeships.
Data released last month showed that 442,700 people started an apprenticeship in the 2010/11 academic year, a 58 per cent increase on the year before.
Today, the Government has announced it will be:
Conservative Skills Minister John Hayes said:
'We are determined that the huge expansion in the apprenticeships this government has delivered is effectively targeted.
'That's why we will give small firms a bonus of up to £1,500 for every young apprentice they take on. And we are streamlining the system so that businesses are no longer put off taking on an apprentice because of bureaucracy and red tape.
'High-quality apprenticeships help young people out of unemployment and into work, as well as boosting the skills of the workforce for the benefit of the whole economy. We will continue to support and invest in apprenticeships for all ages.'
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