Clearly impressed by Donald Trump and Alan Sugar who have pushed these schemes into the limelight, David Cameron has said he now wants to see this training sitting “at the heart” of the government’s mission to rebuild the economy.
The PM will now call on the industry to make these schemes available to school leavers when he visits a training academy in Buckinghamshire.
The moves come as National Apprenticeship Week kicks off today. And it is clear Cameron wants to show he’s doing something for this, showing that his party is committed to helping teens get into work.
According to Whitehall, more than 500,000 people started an apprenticeship between 2011 and 2012. The Centre for Economics and Business Research have also claimed that completed apprenticeships over the next 10 years could contribute up to £3.4 billion a year to the UK economy through productivity gains by 2022.
Cameron is expected to claim that schemes such as these give school leavers the chance to learn a trade and build their careers which in turn helps boost the economy.
He will also tell MPs that they need to look at how apprenticeships can be expanded so they are available to all.