Grants for firms part of job training reform plan
The Government has unveiled plans to "radically reform" apprenticeships, including moves to give training money directly to employers.
Ministers said the aim was to make it easier for firms to take on apprentices and create new jobs.
A consultation was announced on measures, including giving employers freedom to choose training rather than having to go through a particular provider.
Firms with up to 1,000 employees will be able to take advantage of a £1,500 apprenticeship grant for an extra year.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said: "Employers are the best people to judge what training is worth investing in. These reforms will mean just that. It gives them the power to train their staff to make sure their skills are relevant to the company while choosing from the wide range of courses."
Skills Minister Matthew Hancock added: "Small and medium-sized businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and by extending the £1,500 grant for a further year we will give them the skills they need to grow and help 35,000 more young people into meaningful employment."