Government pledges £25 million for apprenticeships

The Skills Funding Agency has set aside an extra £25 million for colleges and training organisations to provide apprenticeships for 16 to 18-year-olds.

The funding, announced last week, will mean more young people will be able to access high-quality vocational education after they turn 16.

It is the next step in the government’s plans to create three million apprenticeship starts by 2020, and brings the total that ministers have committed to post-16 training to more than £100 million in the 2015-16 funding year.

In December, almost £68 million growth was awarded for apprenticeships for those aged 19 and over, as well as £11 million for other traineeships for over-19s.