Lib Dems pledge to double apprenticeships

If they win the election, the Liberal Democrats pledge to double the number of apprenticeships available to young people.

Business Secretary Vince Cable says this would mean 360,000 firms offering on-the-job training. As extra incentives to hire apprentices, companies involved would be offered exemptions from National Insurance and apprenticeship grants.

Mr Cable said: “The world is changing at an accelerated rate and we need to equip our young people with the skills they need for the future, to ensure they can compete in a global marketplace, in ever- changing technologies and the digital economy.

“That is why the Liberal Democrats will double the number of employers providing apprenticeships over the next five years and create more apprenticeship starts per year than Germany. To achieve these objectives requires significant investment in skills by both government and the private sector. As we grow our economy, the Liberal Democrats believe we must enhance adult skills training and our further education colleges.”