12 August 2016 | Jamie Harris
The government is seeking views on its proposals for a new funding model for apprenticeships.
It has also revealed more details about the Apprenticeship Levy, which it plans to introduce from April 2017.
From 6 April 2017, any employers which a pay bill of more than £3 million a year are required to pay into the fund, which will go towards supporting people to gain skills and experience in a number of sectors, including facilities management.
The government has proposed that the employers who will not pay into the levy - some 98 per cent of organisations in England - are to have 90 per cent of the costs of training paid for by government.
Extra support, which the government says will be worth up to £2,000 for each trainee, will also be available for employers that take on 16 to 18-year-old apprentices.
Employers with fewer than 50 employees will also have 100 per cent of training costs paid for by government if they take on these apprentices.
Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Robert Halfon said: "We need to make sure people of all ages and backgrounds have a chance to get on in life. Apprenticeships give young people - especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds - a ladder of ?opportunity. That's why we continue to work tirelessly to deliver the skills our country needs. The apprenticeship levy is absolutely crucial to this.
"Our businesses can only grow and compete on the world stage if they have the right people with the right skills. The apprenticeship levy will help create millions of opportunities for individuals and employers. This will give our young people the chance they deserve in life and to build a highly skilled future workforce that the UK needs."
Employers will also be able to use levy funds to retrain workers in skills, even if they have prior qualifications.
More information on the proposals for apprenticeship funding in England can be found here.
Responses to the government's consultation on this issue can be found completed here.
Information on how the levy will work for employers, and how it will be paid, can be found here.