Firms 'need support from government' over trainees
Small firms could create one million apprenticeships if they had more support from the Government, according to a report.
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) predicted a fall in the number of companies taking on an apprentice because of the cost of training.
Smaller companies were crucial to achieving the Government's target of having three million new placements by 2020, but extra support was needed, it was argued.
FSB chairman Mike Cherry said: "Smaller businesses are taking on more apprentices than ever and a quarter of members say they are considering employing an apprentice in the future.
"This presents a huge opportunity and is great news for vocational training, which has become an increasingly attractive option for young people put off by the rising cost and uncertain returns of a university degree."