The government has announced a major shake-up of apprenticeship schemes.
The Apprenticeships Review aims to ensure apprenticeships become a mainstream option for 16- to 18-year-olds, as well as increase the schemes available to older people.
The plan, which follows a funding increase to the apprenticeship programme in November last year, sets out plans to ensure that an apprenticeship place is available to all qualified young people by 2013.
Planned measures include the setting up of a National Apprenticeship service and action to make it easier for employers to improve the range of apprenticeships by enabling them to include their own accredited qualifications.
A pilot wage subsidy programme for small businesses to make offering apprenticeships more attractive is also planned, as is a task force to improve the take-up of places in London, where there is a shortfall.