by Laura Varley on October 29, 2013

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Tougher apprenticeships aimed at closing skills gap and encouraging youth employment

The Prime Minister has announced that soon tougher apprenticeships will be implemented to improve the level of training young people receive.

According to telegraph.co.uk, David Cameron revealed that the new apprenticeships will be at least a year long and will require tougher academic assessment. Such training will be graded in a way which will put them on the same level as other qualifications. So students will either come out with a pass, merit or distinction at the end of their course.

Around 100,000 schemes will be made available over the next two years; which will be similar to programmes run by the Prince’s Trust. Currently, over 60 firms have signed up to provide courses, including BAE Systems, BMW and Microsoft, reports sky.com.

Mr Cameron said he wants to provide more chances for young people to begin their careers – getting more of them into work earlier.

“This goes to the heart of my vision for this country: backing hard working people who want to get on in life and making sure Britain competes and thrives in the global race,” he said. “The reforms we’re announcing today will put employers in the driving seat and ensure that we deliver high quality training that supports you and our economy for years to come.”