House of Lords written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Lord Janner of Braunstone Lord Janner of Braunstone Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to encourage more businesses to employ people aged 16-24 in apprenticeships.

Photo of Baroness Wilcox Baroness Wilcox The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

To encourage businesses to take on apprentices, Government contribute towards the cost of their training; for 16-18 year-olds the Government fully fund the training costs.

The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (introduced from 1 April) aims to increase the number of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) offering apprenticeship places to young people. Up to 40,000 incentives are available this financial year to SMEs taking on an apprentice aged 16-24 for the first time.

The National Apprenticeship Service, which promotes and supports apprenticeships, is prioritising the 16-24 age group in its work to engage new employers in the programme and when determining funding allocations to training providers.

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