Plan for how to increase the quality and quantity of apprenticeships, achieving 3 million apprenticeships by 2020

Over the last five years, we have put our country back on the right track.

Over the next five years, we must maintain and consolidate our economic recovery, and ensure that it benefits everyone.

Raising our nation’s productivity is one of this Government’s top priorities for achieving this.

A nation flourishes when it realises the full potential of all of its people.

As a one nation Government, this is what we are committed to achieve.

Around the world, apprenticeships have long been recognised as a crucial way to develop the skills wanted by employers.

That is why the Government will increase the quality and quantity of apprenticeships in England, reaching three million starts in 2020.

Our goal is for young people to see apprenticeships as a high quality and prestigious path to successful careers, and for these opportunities to be available across all sectors of the economy, in all parts of the country and at all levels.

This will support our aim for young people to get the best start in life, through the opportunity that high quality education and training provides.

Nobody understands the skills employers need better than the employers themselves. That is why we are placing them in the driving seat.

They are designing apprenticeships so that they focus on exactly the skills, knowledge and behaviours that are required of the workforce of the future.

A levy will put employers at the heart of paying for and choosing apprenticeship training, and place the funding of apprenticeships on a sustainable footing.

Employers will choose between high quality education and training providers, or be able to train their apprentices themselves.

Raising our productivity and training our workforce requires a truly national effort. This document sets out the Government’s plan for achieving that – working with employers, education and training providers and others in the sector.

The Rt Hon Sajid Javid Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities

These publications outline the government’s plan for:

  • increasing the quality and quantity of apprenticeships
  • achieving 3 million apprenticeships by 2020

These publications set out what is expected of all main stakeholders, employers, education and training providers and government working together.

English apprenticeships: our 2020 vision - executive summary

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