Employer-designed apprenticeships to help workers earn while they learn are being introduced in sectors across the UK, including engineering, legal and hospitality.

The 40 news schemes, which launched in conjunction with the Get in. Go Far campaign, aim to incentivise people to consider apprenticeships and give businesses the control to design and provide programmes that meet company needs.

Business secretary, Vince Cable, said:

“For too long there has been a divide between university and vocational education which has been damaging for both employers and young people. Placing university degrees and apprenticeships on an equal footing will help break down barriers and better meet the needs of business.'”

Recent government figures show that 47% of new apprenticeships are being created by small businesses , while 44% of all companies plan to take on an apprentice in the coming five years.

The coalition government have pledged to create two million new apprentices before the next election.

Vince Cable added:

“The reforms to apprenticeships enable employers to design and deliver apprenticeships that meet their needs, giving young people valuable qualifications and helping them to build successful careers from television production to advanced manufacturing.”

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